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Mary Jo Bang Papers


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Mary Jo Bang Papers, 1950-2017 | MS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Mary Jo Bang Papers, 1950-2017Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1980s-2000s

ID: MS/MS/ms154

Primary Creator: Bang, Mary Jo

Extent: 92.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 12/23/2014

Languages: Spanish;Castilian, English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Mary Jo Bang Papers consists largely of her own manuscript materials, including drafts of individual poems, book reviews, essays, introductions and translations, as well as editorial material toward her published and unpublished books. Also included are personal journals, college work, artwork, printed materials and ephemera. A substantial amount of personal and business correspondence is present, primarily with friends, family, editors, students, and colleagues in the literary community. Finally, the Bang Papers include a large assortment of material relating Bang’s work outside of writing including editorial work for the Boston Review, teaching, conferences and readings, consolations and advisory boards, fellowships, residencies, exhibitions, and photography.

Collection Historical Note

Mary Jo Bang (October 22, 1946 - ) is an American poet.  Born in Waynesville, Missouri, Bang grew up in Ferguson and graduated from McCluer High School. She received a BA and an MA in Sociology from Northwestern University, a BA in photography from the Polytechnic of Central London, and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

Bang is the author of several books of poems, including Apology for Want (1997), which received the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize and the 1998 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award; Louise in Love (2001); The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans (2001); The Eye Like a Strange Balloon (2004); Elegy (2007), which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; and The Bride of E (2009); Inferno (2012); and The Last Two Seconds (2015).

Bang has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Bellagio Foundation, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She has received a “Discovery”/The Nation award, a Pushcart Prize, and her poems have been included in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including New Republic, Yale Review, Boston Review, Paris Review, Columbia, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, Nation, Notre Dame Review, Paris Review, Tin House, New Yorker, and New American Writing.

Bang was the poetry co-editor of the Boston Review from 1995 to 2005, and is currently a professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Some restrictions. Please contact Curator for more details.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase from Mary Jo Bang

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 2014.022

Accession number MSS2017-027

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books],
[Series 4: Other Projects],
[Series 5: Boston Review],
[Series 6: Works by Others],
[Series 7: Personal Papers],
[Series 8: Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)],
[Series 9: Audiovisual],
[Series 10: Ephemera],
[Series 11: Printed Materials],
[Series 12: Artwork],

Series 6: Works by OthersAdd to your cart.
Arranged alphabetically by author's last name.
Box 70Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Bredkjær, Sigrid RadischAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 25 pages. Translation of various Bang poems into Danish.
Folder 7: Brock-Broido, LucieAdd to your cart.
The Master Letters. Typescript [photocopy], 80 pages. 1995: March 26
Folder 8: Cappello, Cynthia ToddAdd to your cart.
"Mission" [poem]. Typescript, 2 pages
Folder 9: de la Torre, MónicaAdd to your cart.
"Flowers for Mary Jo" [poem]. Typescript, 1 page
Folder 10: Donnelly, TimothyAdd to your cart.

Twenty-Seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit. Includes a report by Richard Howard. Typescript, 79 pages.

Typescript poem drafts, 15 pages: "Hall of All Curious," "Nightlife," "Said the Snow," "Vivisection of a Seraph," "Known Minutiae," "Purgatory Chasm," "Sisyphus to Merope," "Scarecrow in Magnolia," and "Tenacious."

Folder 11: Giugliano, LuisaAdd to your cart.
The Emergency Telegrams of Isabella Corrillo. Typescript, 8 pages
Box 71Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Greenfield, RichardAdd to your cart.
A Carnage in the Lovetrees [poetry collection]. Typescript, 52 pages.
Folder 2: Griffin, PatAdd to your cart.
Searching for a Star [poetry collection]. Typescript, 56 pages. High school classmate of Bang
Folder 3: HIllman, BrendaAdd to your cart.
About "Mrs. Autumn and Her Two Daughters"  Typescript, 2 pages
Folder 4: Holt, MarilynAdd to your cart.
"Play Ball" [short story]. Typescript, 2 pages
Folder 5: Hoover, PaulAdd to your cart.
"Invisible Children" [poem]. Typescript, 2 pages
Folder 6: Howard, RichardAdd to your cart.
"A Table of Green Fields: Richard Upton's Cortona Landscapes" [poem]. Typescript, 2 pages
Folder 7-8: Lazar, ZacharyAdd to your cart.
I Pity the Poor Immigrant. Typescript, 203 pages
Folder 9-10: Lehman, DavidAdd to your cart.
The Daily Mirror: A Journal in Poetry [poetry collection]. Typescript [photocopy],170 pages. Also includes poems by Lehman for the DIA reading of October 18, 2016. Typescript, 10 pages
Folder 11: Mullins, BrighdeAdd to your cart.
Introduction for Mary Jo Bang, DIA Center for the Arts, April 13, 2002. Typescript, 1 page
Folder 12: Ramke, BinAdd to your cart.
Birds Fly Through Us [poetry collection]. Typescript, 67 pages
Folder 13: Revell, DonaldAdd to your cart.

"Missal" [poem]. Typescript, 1 page

"Psalter" [poem]. Typescript, 1 page

Folder 14: Roth, DeborahAdd to your cart.
Plague Kit. Typescript draft with corrections, 72 pages
Folder 15: Sarasohn, EleanorAdd to your cart.

Personal statement, 2 pages.

Typescript poem drafts, 12 pages: "Elsinore's Playhouse;" "What Happened;" "A Minor History of Falling from Great Heights;" "Through;" "As a Warning to All;" "Stage Directions, Problem Sets, and Primal Scenes;" "Clues to Finding Something Lost;" "Stay, Ilusion [27];" and "Little Panda."

Also, includes two panda postcards and two collages

Folder 16: Seaton, MaureenAdd to your cart.
"A Constant Dissolution of Molecules" [poem]. Typescript, 1 page
Folder 17: Sichi, LaraAdd to your cart.
Final portfolio for her Poetry Tutorial with Bang. Includes email correspondence. Typescript, 29 pages
Folder 18: St. John, David and Cole SwensonAdd to your cart.
American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry Consists of page proofs of Bang's portion of the anthology, 6 pages
Folder 19: Tanning, DorotheaAdd to your cart.

A Table of Content: Poems. Typescript, 63 pages

Typescript drafts of "Of Flesh and Gold;" "Peruvian;" "Talk;" "Joyride;" "Bulletin;" "My Friend;" "Cultivation;" "Figure Approaching, Opposite;" and "This Is a Recording"

Box 72Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Taylor, KymberlyAdd to your cart.
"Train to Vassar" [poem] Typescript, 1 page
Folder 2: Teicher, Craig MorganAdd to your cart.
Paper [poetry collection]. Typescript, 61 pages
Folder 3: Vance, David RayAdd to your cart.
Vitreous [poetry collection]. Typescript, 62 pages. Selected by Bang for the Del Sol Press 2005 Poetry Prize.
Folder 4: Volkman, KarenAdd to your cart.
Crash's Law [poetry collection]. Typescript [computer printout], 65 pages
Folder 5: Wallace, JoniAdd to your cart.

Oppenheimer Drive. Typescript with corrections, 53 pages.

Blinking Ephemeral Valentine. Typescript with corrections, 51 pages

Selected by Bang for the 2009 Larry Levis Prize

Folder 6: Wellman, MacAdd to your cart.
Strange Elegies [poetry collection]. Typescript, 60 pages
Folder 7-8: Wheeler, SusanAdd to your cart.
Record Place [novel]. Typescript [computer printout], 225 pages.
Folder 9: Williams, GerhildAdd to your cart.
Student translations of "Long-Exposure Photograph of a Man" from a translation workshop in Fall 2015. Typescript [photocopy], 18 pages
Folder 10: Wise, Robert A.Add to your cart.
"The Uncut Diamond" [poem]. Typescript, 1 page

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books],
[Series 4: Other Projects],
[Series 5: Boston Review],
[Series 6: Works by Others],
[Series 7: Personal Papers],
[Series 8: Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)],
[Series 9: Audiovisual],
[Series 10: Ephemera],
[Series 11: Printed Materials],
[Series 12: Artwork],

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