Jo Bratten is a writer and teacher living in London. 


Born in North Carolina and raised off-grid on a farm in eastern Ohio, Jo moved to the UK to complete an MLitt (Shakespeare) and then a PhD (adultery in the modern British novel) at the University of St Andrews. 


Her poetry has appeared in The Rialto, The North, Ambit, Butcher's Dog, Under the Radar and Poetry Birmingham amongst others. 


Her debut pamphlet, Climacteric, will be published in September 2022 by Fly on the Wall Press. Works in progress include a pamphlet in tribute to Def Leppard's 1987 album Hysteria and a novel, The Plague Years, which explores strange intersections between love, family relationships and the insect world, set during emergences of periodical cicadas in New England.


Jo writes and lectures on the work of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, DH Lawrence, Ford Madox Ford, Shakespeare and the Brontës.