Jo Nelson has been a writer in residence for the Washington State Arts Commission and has taught German, French, and English in Maryland and Colorado. She now writes, farms, and teaches poetry and writing workshops. Her poetry and prose have been published in numerous National magazines and anthologies, including the Chariton Review, Dream Network, Santa Fe the Sun, Out of Season, Poetry Seattle, and others.
Jo is one of 6 poets in The Seattle Five Plus One, an anthology published by Pig Iron Press. Her poem "Tuning the Interior" was used by the German Composer Johannes Schmidt-Sistermans in a composition for German radio and another at the knitting factory in New York.