Biography

After half a career working as a high school English teacher, essayist Jo Scott-Coe now writes and teaches in voluntary exile from that system, practicing recovery and creative witness.

Her memoir in essays, Teacher at Point Blank, was published in 2010 by Aunt Lute Books. Ms. Magazine selected the book as a “Great Read.”

Meanwhile, you can find her work in publications such as Hotel Amerika, Green Mountains Review, turnrow, Memoir(and), Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Babel Fruit, Swink, Ruminate, Narrative Magazine, Ninth Letter, So to Speak, and The Los Angeles Times. Her interviews with journalist Richard Rodriguez and novelist/poet/essayist Margaret Atwood appear in Narrative, and her interviews with poets Donna Hilbert and Chiwan Choi appear in The Chiron Review.

Scott-Coe is an assistant professor of English composition, literature, and creative writing at Riverside Community College in southern California. She is also an independent researcher on themes of gender, sexuality, and violence–in education and elsewhere. Her writing about a disturbing 8-year legal case of student-on-teacher sexual bullying and harassment appears in (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women’s Experience (Cambridge Scholars Press).

In 2009, Scott-Coe received a Pushcart Special Mention in nonfiction, and her writing earned Notable listings in Best American Essays  2009 and 2010.

She’s currently at work on a new book, Tripwires and Trigger Fingers.