Jo joined Ros Ali and Dame Chris Cole Catley on the YWP staff after appearing as a guest poet in 2009 (and immediately falling in love with the programme). In addition to working on the YWP, Jo teaches creative writing at Massey University, where she has worked since 2011. Before this, she was an English Literature teacher at Kristin School—and, before that, at Gresham’s School in England. She read Japanese and English Literature at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and has loved languages and writing all her life. She has written two books of poetry, and a nonfiction book about confessional poetry and the medical humanities. Most recently, she was the guest editor of Poetry New Zealand 2020, and wrote the poetry chapter for the Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability.