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For nearly twenty years, Jo Scott-Coe has worked as a writer, teacher, and scholar at institutions throughout Southern California. Her writing on intersections of education, gender, and violence has appeared in many publications, including The Los Angeles Times, Swink, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ninth Letter, Memoir(and), So to Speak, Babel Fruit, Ruminate, Green Mountains Review, and Hotel Amerika.

After giving up her 11-year tenure teaching high school English, Scott-Coe earned an MFA at the University of California Riverside (UCR), where she studied as a graduate Fellow and was recognized as Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year in 2005. Afterwards, she lectured in creative writing, composition, women’s literature, and speech at UCR, Riverside Community College, and The University of Phoenix. She also holds a Master’s degree in English Rhetoric and Composition.

Scott-Coe now works as a new Assistant Professor of English and creative writing at Riverside Community College in Southern California. She is a member of California Poets in the Schools, PEN U.S.A., The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), and Phi Beta Kappa. She lives with her husband in the Inland Empire of Southern California, where she also sits on the advisory board for the Inlandia Institute, a new organization dedicated to promoting regional literary arts.

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