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Mary Jo Bang Papers (MSS154)

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Correspondence

Manuscripts

Material Toward Books

Other Projects

Boston Review

Works by Others

Personal Papers

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Audiovisual

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Title: Mary Jo Bang Papers (MSS154), 1950-2017Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1980s-2000s

ID: MSS/MSS/154

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poems, book reviews, essays, introductions and translations, as well as editorial material toward her published and unpublished books.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: MSS 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


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[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],
[All]

Series 4: Other ProjectsAdd to your cart.
Other Projects consists of materials from Bang’s work outside of writing including serving as editor of Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Prose, consultations and advisory boards, conferences and readings, exhibitions, fellowships, residencies and applications, interviews, photography, and teaching.
Sub-Series 4.1: Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and ProseAdd to your cart.
Box 65Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, poetry submissions, and notes, 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Bang served as poetry editor, 1994-1995, and on the editorial board, 1993-1994
Sub-Series 4.2: Consultations and Advisory BoardsAdd to your cart.
Box 65Add to your cart.
Folder 2: External Review Committee, University of San Francisco, MFA Creative Writing Program, 2007Add to your cart.
Typescript, 3 pages
Folder 3: External Reviewer for the University of Iowa, Mark Levine promotion, 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Judge, Del Sol Press 2005 Poetry PrizeAdd to your cart.
Consists of Bang's response to Viterous by David Ray Vance
Folder 5: Judge, Iowa Review Prize (Poetry), 2013Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence and poems by Meredith Stricker and Rebecca Lilly.
Folder 6: Judge, The James Laughlin Award for a Second Book of Poetry, 2004Add to your cart.
Consists of notes, advertisement, and news release
Folder 7: Judge, National Poetry Contest, 2014Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence and poems by contestants.
Folder 8: Judge, The New School, MFA Program Poetry Chapbook Contest, 2004Add to your cart.
Consists of poetry samples by Ben Turner, Erica Kaufman, and Erin E. Burke.
Folder 9: Judge, Omnidawn Open Poetry Contest, 2015Add to your cart.
Consists of poems by Meredith Stricker. Sticker was selected by Bang as the winner.
Folder 10: Judge, Poetry Society of America, New American Poets Chapbook Series, 2009Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Bang's introduction to Blue House by Chris Nelson.
Folder 11: Judge, Quarto Award, 2011Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence and poems by contestants.
Folder 12: Judge, Summer Literary Seminars Poetry Contest, 2010Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence and poems by contestants.
Folder 13: Juror, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 2004Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence and work samples from Bryonn Bain and Marilyn Hazelton.
Folder 14: Nominator, MacArthur Fellows Program, 2004-2005Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence as Bang's role as a Nominator for the MacArthur Fellows Program for The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Folder 15: Writing Poems, Sixth Edition edited by Robert Wallace and Michelle BoisseauAdd to your cart.
Bang reviewed tentative selections of poems to be included into this issue. Includes a review grid with notes, 4 pages
Sub-Series 4.3: Conferences and ReadingsAdd to your cart.
See also Series VII.13 Personal Papers - Travel
Box 65Add to your cart.
Folder 16: The Art of the Book Conference, 1990Add to your cart.
Includes program and travel information. Madison Art Center, Madison, WI, June 14, 1990
Folder 17: Decadence: Odilon Redon and Fin-De-Siècle Poetry and MusicAdd to your cart.
Includes program and presentation materials
Folder 18: Dnevi Poezije in Vina (Days of Poetry and Wine), 2015: August 22-29Add to your cart.
Consists of schedule and program
Folder 19: Entrancing Young Children Seminar, University of Chicago, 1991Add to your cart.
Invoice
Folder 20: Feria Internacional del Libra, 2016: September 2-4Add to your cart.
Consists of programs and a participation certificate
Folder 21: Modern Poets: 1907/2007 Poets on Les Desmoiselles D'Avignon, 2007: May 23Add to your cart.
Includes program and presentation materials
Folder 22: Napa Valley Writers' Conference, "The parts, the whole, and the role of repetition", 2004Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, schedules, contract, and programs.
Folder 23: New School Ashbery Festival, 2006: April 8Add to your cart.
Consists of photocopy of The Heroes by John Ashbery with Bang's lines highlighted. The production of The Heroes was directed by Vicki Hudspith. Cast members in the Ashfest performance were: Christopher Stackhouse (Achilles); Patricia Spears Jones (Circe); Tony Towle (Ulysses); Mary Jo Bang (Hebe, Andromache); Vincent Katz (Patroclus); Vicki Hudspith (Chorus); David Lehman (Astyanax, Theseus); Bob Holman (Guard, Hector); Kruth, John (Narrator). Bowery Poetry Club. April 6-8, 2006.
Box 66Add to your cart.
Folder 1.1: Poetry and Literature Center's "Poetry of America", 2013Add to your cart.
Typescript commentary by Bang on Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" (4 pages) recorded by Bang for the Poetry and Literature Centre's "Poetry of America" web feature. Also includes clipping.
Folder 1.2: Unbound Book Festival, 2016: April 22-23Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence and programs
Folder 1: XXX Festival Internacional de Poesia de Barcelona, 2014: May 20Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, clippings, programs, and copies of poems read by Bang.
Folder 2: Where Lyric Tradition Meets Language Poetry; Innovation in Contemporary American Poetry by Women, "What's There When Nothing's There: The New Elliptical", 1999Add to your cart.

Consists of clippings and copies of essay read by Bang.

Delivered at a panel on "Multivocal Poetics" at Barnard College, April 8-10. 1999

Sub-Series 4.4: ExhibitionsAdd to your cart.
Box 66Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Gallery Ten Sixth Annual Regional Art Exhibition, 1992Add to your cart.
Held in Rockford, Illinois. Consist of entry form and participant list. Bang was awarded 3rd prize
Folder 4: Grab grassy this moment your I's, 2011Add to your cart.
Consists of postcards and exhibition checklist. Exhibition by Jessica Stockholder. St. Louis: Laumeier Sculpture Park. Bang provided the primary interpretation of Stockholder's works for the exhibition catalogue. See Series XI.2 Printed Material - Books and Chapbooks for catalogue.
Folder 5: Lagrande National XVII, 1992Add to your cart.
Held at the Lamar Dodd Art Center and the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, April 4-April 30 and April 4-May 15. Includes entry form.
Folder 6: Mary Jo Bang: Until Was, 2010Add to your cart.
Held at the PSTL Galley September 10-November 6, 2010. Includes attendance list, clippings, and CD containing images of Bang's mixed media collages.
Folder 7: OtherwiseAdd to your cart.
Collaboration between Bang and Buzz Spector held at Beverly on Cherokee Street in St. Louis, Missouri, January 18 - February 8, 2014. Includes gallery guide and postcards.
Folder 8: Visions of the Heart, 1991Add to your cart.
Held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, University Art Gallery, October 30-November 21, 1991. Includes correspondence, entry form, and artist's statement
Sub-Series 4.5: Fellowships, Residencies, and ApplicationsAdd to your cart.
Box 66Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The American Academy in Berlin, Ellen Maria Gorrissen Berlin Prize, 2014-2015Add to your cart.
Consists of booklet containing biographical information of winners, fellowship contract, programs, correspondence, and ephemera.
Folder 10: Bellagio Study and Conference Center (Rockefeller Foundation), 1997-2007Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, applications, and brochures.
Folder 11: Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD (Artists-in-Berlin Program of the German Academic Exchange Service), 2012-2013Add to your cart.
Consists of Bang's application and supplementary materials.
Folder 12: Bogliasco Foundation, Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, 2005Add to your cart.
Consists of application, residency report and brief fellowship bios.
Folder 13: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Fellowship, 1997Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence and fellowship list
Folder 14: City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Community Arts Assistance Program, 1991Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence and application.
Folder 15: Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Writing Fellowship, No dateAdd to your cart.
Consists of application
Folder 16: Fulbright Application for Study or Research, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Consists of applications and correspondence
Folder 17: Hodder Fellowship, Princeton University, 1999Add to your cart.
Consists of a class notebook
Folder 18: Illinois Arts Council Artists FellowshipAdd to your cart.
Consists of Bang's application.
Folder 19: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2002-2004Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence and applications.
Folder 20: Lannan Residency Program, Marfa, Texas, 2013Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence
Folder 21: The MacDowell Colony, 1996Add to your cart.
Consists of application
Box 67Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College Fellowship Program, 1998Add to your cart.
Includes application.
Folder 2: National Endowment for the Arts grant application, 2004-2006Add to your cart.
Consists of applications only.
Folder 3: St. Albans Writer in Residence Fellowship, 1995Add to your cart.
Consists of application and correspondence
Folder 4: Yaddo, 1995-1997Add to your cart.
Consists of application and supporting materials
Sub-Series 4.6: InterviewsAdd to your cart.
Box 67Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Food Interview for Entrophy Magazine by Danielle SusiAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 3 pages
Folder 6: "Interview with Richard Howard", 1997-1998Add to your cart.
Interviewed by Bang on November 16, 1997 and August 5, 1998 at 23 Waverly Place, New York City. Typescript, 132 pages. Published in Boulevard, Winter 2000.
Folder 7: "A Portrait of the Writer as a Reader: Mary Jo Bang is Interviewed by Berryman, Beckett, and Others"Add to your cart.
Typescript, 20 pages. Includes correspondence and photocopy of article.
Folder 8: “The World Anew: Mary Jo Bang and Jennifer K. Dick in Conversation”Add to your cart.
Typescript, 4 pages. Published in Verse, Volume 22, Number 1 (2005).
Folder 9: Unidentified interview with BangAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 4 pages
Sub-Series 4.7: PhotographyAdd to your cart.
Box 67Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Anderson ConsultingAdd to your cart.
Bang served as the commercial photographer for this brochure, taking the portrait photographs used by within collages by designer J. Koons.
Folder 11: Bang's photography letterhead and envelopeAdd to your cart.
2 items
Folder 12: Farm Security Administration PhotoMontage SeriesAdd to your cart.
Consists of slide list, work description, biographical statement, etc.
Folder 13: Global Healthcare Corporation: Providing a World of Custom Healthcare ServicesAdd to your cart.
Bang served as the commercial photographer for this brochure, taking the portrait photographs as well as the object photographs located in the top left hand corner (pennies, aspirin, globe, etc). 2 copies
Sub-Series 4.8: TeachingAdd to your cart.
Box 67Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, 2016Add to your cart.
Consists of program, contact information, and calendar
Folder 15: Columbia College, 1992-1993Add to your cart.
Consists of class lists, correspondence with students, assignments, course descriptions for English Composition II: Community Service/Environmental Concerns, Creative Writing Workshop, and Creative Writing Workshop II
Folder 16: Creative Writing Club, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014Add to your cart.
Creative writing club taught with David Schuman for middle school students located in North St. Louis. Consists of student work
Folder 17-18: The Elements of Style: A Poetry Workshop, Washington University in St. LouisAdd to your cart.
Consists of course description and syllabus, photocopies, class lectures notes. Also includes some materials toward Let Be Be Finale of Seem: A Poetry Workshop. 206 pages
Folder 19: Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, 2001-2005Add to your cart.
Bang taught a summer poetry workshop in 2002 and 2003.
Folder 20: Graduate Poetry Workshop, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014Add to your cart.
Course syllabus
Folder 21: Miscellaneous Teaching MaterialAdd to your cart.
Consists of miscellaneous class list and syllabus, 9 pages
Folder 22: Seattle Poetry Festival: Workshop - Poetry Revision, 2007Add to your cart.
Includes class list and festival schedule
Folder 23: Washington University in St. Louis, 2008-2011Add to your cart.
Includes activity reports
Folder 24: Yale University, Visiting Lecturer, Creative Writing, 1997-1998Add to your cart.
Consists of appointment letters, "Let Be Be Finale of Seem: A Poetry Workshop" course description and syllabus, student evaluation forms, and Bang's curriculum vitae, 71 pages

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],
[All]


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