Jo Ann Beard
Jo Ann Beard is an American essayist.
Beard was born in 1955, Chicago, IL. Beard graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in art and from The Nonfiction Writing Program with an MFA in creative nonfiction. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
She worked as an editor for a physics journal at the University of Iowa and was a colleague of the victims of the University of Iowa shooting, which became a subject for her work. Her writing has appeared in Tin House and The New Yorker.
- "The Fourth State of Matter," The New Yorker, June 24 1996
- "Undertaker, Please Drive Slow," Tin House, Issue #12, Summer 2002
- "Maybe It Happened", O, The Oprah Magazine, August 2008
- "The Longest Night: Saying Goodbye to My Beloved Pet," O, The Oprah Magazine, June 2009
- Ian Frazier, Robert Atwan, eds. (1997). Best American Essays of 1997. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 978-0-395-85694-9.
- David Foster Wallace, Robert Atwan, eds. (October 10, 2007). The Best American Essays 2007. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 978-0-618-70927-4.
- Lex Williford, Michael Martone, eds. (2007). "The Fourth State of Matter". Touchstone anthology of contemporary creative nonfiction: work from 1970 to the present. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4165-3174-6.
- Marybeth Bond, Pamela Michael, eds. (2004). "Out There". A Woman's Passion for Travel: True Stories of World Wanderlust. Travelers' Tales. ISBN 978-1-932361-14-8.