Jill McDonough

Massachusetts, United States

Member Since: 09/02/2008

The winner of a 2014 Lannan Literary Fellowship and three Pushcart prizes, Jill McDonough is the author of Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), Where You Live (Salt, 2012), and REAPER, forthcoming from Alice James Books. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program for thirteen years.  Her work has appeared in Poetry, Slate, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, and Best American Poetry.  She directs the MFA program at UMass-Boston and 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center online. 

Website: jillmcdonough.com

Twitter Username: @jilljillmcd


  • Habeas Corpus , Salt (August 1, 2008)
  • Where You Live , Salt (August 1, 2012)


  • MFA Program Director at University of Massachusetts, Boston (July 2013 - )
  • Program Coordinator at 24PearlStreet, The Fine Arts Work Center Online (January 2011 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University (May 1994)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Poetry from Boston University (May 1998)

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