Jo Slade, a poet and painter, lives and works in Limerick. She studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design, the National College of Art and the University of Limerick. Jo is the author of four collections of poetry and a chapbook of poems, including a French/English collection, Certain Octobers, which was published in France. Her fourth collection, City of Bridget, was published by Salmon Poetry, Cliffs of Moher, Ireland in 2005. In 2003 she was nominated for the Prix Evelyne Encelot Ecriture Prize, Maison des Ecrovaoms, Paris.
She has been a Writer-in-Residence for Limerick County Council and in 2007 she was Writer-in-Residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. Her paintings have been widely exhibited in Ireland and in France.