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poet , English literature educator

Amy Jo Schoonover, American English literature educator, poet. Nominee Pusheart prize; named Ohio Poet of Year, 1988; grantee, Ohio Arts Council, 1991-1998, 2004, 2005.


Schoonover, Amy Jo was born on April 25, 1937 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States. Daughter of John Dale Schoonover and Alice R. Fletcher.


Bachelor in English, Wittenberg University, 1969. Master of Arts in English, West Virginia University, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy in English, West Virginia University, 1993.


Adjunct professor Clark State Community College, Springfield, Ohio, 1989—1990. Adjunct professor English, speech, humanities Urbana (Ohio) University, 1986—1989, since 1991. Freelance teacher creative writing, Champaign County, Ohio, 1991—1998, 2004, 06, Clark County, 1995.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Sonnet Sampler, 1979, New & Used Poems, 1988, Greatest Hits, 2001, The Blue Tree: new sonnets, 2000, Certain One Way or Another, 2006. Editor: Study and Writing of Poetry, second edition, 1996, author poems, Country Soup/City Bread, 2008. Contributor articles and book reviews to professional journals.


Member Society for the Study Midwestern Literature, National Federation State Poetry Societies (board member, contest chairman 1977-1996, president 1996-1998), Ohio Poety Association (various positions including president and editor), Ohio Poetry Day Association (board member, contest chairman 1975-1987, 99—, treasurer 1987-1999).


Married Boyd W. McCarty, August 23, 1957 (divorced January 1972). Children: Michael, Deborah, Dale. Married Samuel J. Zook, Junior, July 15, 1972.

John Dale Schoonover

Alice R. Fletcher

Boyd W. McCarty

Samuel J. Zook

Michael Schoonover

Deborah Schoonover

Dale Schoonover