Poet Jo McDougall will receive the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame Award for 2006 during the Arkansas Writers Conference on Friday, June 2, at the Holiday Inn Select.
The award presentation is at 6 p.m.
A native of DeWitt, McDougall has been co-director of the creative writing program at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, for more than a decade. The author of five books of poetry, she has also had her work anthologized in Garrison Keillor’s “Good Poems for Hard Times.” She has received awards from the Arkansas Arts Council, the Academy of American Poets, and the DeWitt Wallace/Readers’ Digest Foundation.
McDougall, a graduate of the University of Arkansas creative writing program, is the recipient of the Porter Prize. Her latest book is “Satisfied With Havoc,” published by Autumn House Press, Pittsburgh.
McDougall’s poetry has been adapted for a film, “Emerson County Shaping Dream.” Her book “Towns Facing Railroads” was recently adapted for the stage and performed at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
McDougall, who is working on a memoir, formerly lived in Little Rock and now resides with her husband, Charles, in Leawood, Kan., near Kansas City.
For more information on the conference or to inquire about tickets to the event, call 223-8633.