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 Ambit, Butcher's Dog, Ink Sweat

& Tears, The Interpreter's House and Poetry Birmingham amongst others. 


She is currently working on two poetry pamphlets, including a tribute to Def Leppard's 1987 album Hysteria, as well as 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.