Jo Van Arkel, M.F.A.

Portrait of Jo Van Arkel.

Office: Pearsons Hall 307
Phone: (417) 873-7273

Fall 2023 Office Hours


1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Also available by appointment.

Jo Van Arkel

Professor of English

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 ReviewSou’westerThe 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.

Drury University faculty member since 1984
Professor since 2004


  • B.A., Texas Christian University, 1979
  • M.A., Texas Christian University, 1981
  • M.F.A., University of Oregon, 1982