Mary Jo Bang

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Mary Jo Bang
Bang at the 2015 Texas Book Festival
Bang at the 2015 Texas Book Festival
Born (1946-10-22) October 22, 1946 (age 77)
Waynesville, Missouri, USA
Alma materNorthwestern University
Polytechnic of Central London
Columbia University

Mary Jo Bang (born October 22, 1946, in Waynesville, Missouri) is an American poet.[1]


Bang grew up in Ferguson, Missouri. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor's and Master's in sociology, from the Polytechnic of Central London with a Bachelor's in Photography, and from Columbia University, with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry). Previously, she has taught at Columbia College, Yale University, The New School for Social Research, University of Montana, Columbia University and at Iowa's Writing Workshop. Bang is currently a professor at Washington University in St. Louis.[2]

Her work has appeared in New American Writing, Paris Review, The New Yorker,[3] A Public Space, The New Republic, Denver Quarterly, The New York Times, The New Yorker and Harvard Review.

Bang was the poetry co-editor of the Boston Review from 1995 to 2005. She was a judge for the 2004 James Laughlin Award.

She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Awards and recognitions[edit]



  • Apology for want. UPNE. 1997.
  • Louise in love. Grove Press. 2001.
  • The downstream extremity of the Isle of the Swans. University of Georgia Press. 2001.
  • The eye like a strange balloon. Grove Press. 2004.
  • Allegory (2004)
  • Elegy. Graywolf Press. 2007.
  • The bride of E : poems. Graywolf Press. 2009.
  • Let's say yes : chapbook (2011)
  • Her head in a rabbit hole : chapbook (2006)
  • The last two seconds : poems (2015)
  • A doll for throwing : poems (2017)
In translation
  • Eskapaden. Selected Poems. German/Engl. (Luxbooks, Wiesbaden 2010)

List of poems[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
The diary of a lost girl 2001 Bang, Mary Jo (2001). "The diary of a lost girl". Louise in Love. Grove Press.
The Cruel Wheel Turns Twice 2005 Bang, Mary Jo (Winter 2005). "The Cruel Wheel Turns Twice". The Paris Review. Archived from the original on July 3, 2008. Retrieved June 20, 2022.
So, So it Begins Means it Begins 2009 Bang, Mary Jo (March 30, 2009). "So, So it Begins Means it Begins". The New Yorker.
All Through the Night 2013 Bang, Mary Jo, Mary Jo (December 2, 2013). "All Through the Night". The New Yorker. 89 (39): 42–43.
The head of a dancer 2017 Bang, Mary Jo (January 30, 2017). "The head of a dancer". The New Yorker. 92 (47): 53.




  1. ^ "Mary Jo Bang | Academy of American Poets". 1946-10-22. Retrieved 2014-06-30.
  2. ^ English, Department of (2017-05-04). "Mary Jo Bang". Department of English. Retrieved 2023-02-04.
  3. ^ "Search". The New Yorker.

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