Jo Van Arkel is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Texas Christian University with an M.A. in literature. She holds an M.F.A. in writing from the University of Oregon. She is the winner of the Missouri Arts Council's 1990 Missouri Writers' Biennial Award. Her fiction has appeared in Northwest Review, Sou'wester, The Literary Review and other literary magazines. She is the author of two books: The Things I've Got Growing Deep Down Inside is a collection of short stories and Give Me a Hat to Wear is a collection of poems. She teaches courses in creative writing and poetry.
B.A., Texas Christian University, 1979
M.A., Texas Christian University, 1981
M.F.A., University of Oregon, 1982
Drury University faculty member since 1984
Professor since 2004