Jo Lynne Kirkwood was born in the small northern Arizona town of Fredonia. Her great-grandfather was an original settler of the area, and her family has worked with livestock for generations.
Jo’s poems reflect her intimate relationship with the land and the people of the Arizona Strip country, as well as an often tongue-in-cheek appreciation for daily agricultural life in central Utah, where she and her husband, Michael, now live.
Jo is a Lariat Laureate on Cowboy Poetry.com, and has been named Female poet of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Her poetry has received numerous other awards and has been published in magazines, anthologies, and elsewhere.