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 75)
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). She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Her work has appeared in New American Writing, Paris Review, The New Yorker,[2] The New Republic, Denver Quarterly 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]



  • Bang, Mary Jo (1997). Apology for want. UPNE.
  • Louise In Love. Grove Press. 2001. ISBN 978-0-8021-3760-9. mary jo bang.
  • The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of the Swans. University of Georgia Press. March 2001. ISBN 978-0-8203-2292-6.
  • The Eye Like a Strange Balloon. Grove Press. 2004. ISBN 978-0-8021-4157-6.
  • Elegy. Graywolf Press. 2007. ISBN 978-1-55597-483-1.
  • The Bride of E: Poems. Graywolf Press. 2009. ISBN 9781555975395.
  • The Inferno (2013)
  • 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[edit]

  • Eskapaden. Selected Poems. German/Engl. (Luxbooks, Wiesbaden 2010)

List of poems[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
All through the night 2013 Bang, Mary Jo (December 2, 2013). "All through the night". The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 39. pp. 42–43.



  1. ^ "Mary Jo Bang | Academy of American Poets". 1946-10-22. Retrieved 2014-06-30.
  2. ^ "Search". The New Yorker.

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