Jo Holmwood is a writer based in North Leitrim.
Originally from a theatre background, she studied Drama & Theatre Studies and Spanish at Trinity College, Dublin and also has a Masters in Creative Practice (Writing) from the Yeats Academy at IT Sligo (now Atlantic Technological University). Jo has also been working in the children's cultural sector for many years and has edited and published dozens of child-authored publications, developed through collaborative processes with professional artists.
Through her practice, she writes stage plays, short stories and long-form prose. Her work has been published in The Stinging Fly and The Cormorant and the anthologies of the Bridport and Bristol Short Story Prizes. She won the Tricia Ashley Award in 2020 and won Highly Commended in the Bridport Short Story Prize in 2016. In 2012, she was artist-in-residence at the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon as part of the Spark initiative, a collaboration between Leitrim County Arts Office and Leitrim Enterprise Board, which was funded by the Arts Council.
In 2022, she has received an Arts Council Agility Award to further develop the work that she is undertaking as part of Platform 31. This is a futuristic, dystopian novel set in a digital, transhuman world.