CalArts Oral History Interviews:Berryman, Jo

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Jo Berryman


Faculty, Critical Studies: 1975 - 2005

Faculty Trustee: 1983 - 1985


Jo received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California specializing in modern poetry. At USC she was the recipient of the Pleasants Award for distinguished teaching and scholarship. She is the author of Circe's craft : Ezra Pounds's Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, on Pound's critical and aesthetic theories; has published criticism and reviews in such journals as Paideuma, South Atlantic Quarterly, Antioch Review, and Southern Humanities Review. Jo was the director of CalArts' visiting poets series. She has lectured and conducted seminars at numerous universities and educational meetings, including Oxford University: University of Sheffield; University of Texas. Austin; University of Colorado, Boulder; New York School of the Visual Arts; USC; and Loyola University. She serves as a panelist for the HEH; was the humanities representative to the Test Development Committee, Graduate Record Examinations; and a national chief reader for the Educational Testing Service AP literature examination. In 1987-88 she was distinguished visiting professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the first civilian woman in the humanities to hold that position. From 1983 to 1985 she was elected faculty trustee at CalArts and served as acting dean of Critical Studies in spring 1992.

Interview Excerpts

Interviewer: Brena Smith

Interview dates and length:

November 9, 2016: 1 hour 33 minutes

November 12, 2016:

  • Part 1: 36 minutes
  • Part 2: 1 hour 2 minutes

November 14, 2016: 1 hour 50 minutes

Formats available:

Audio MP3


  • Index: Interview has been indexed with timestamps. 
  • Audio

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