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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

Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)

Audiovisual

Ephemera

Printed Materials

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Mary Jo Bang Papers (MSS154), 1950-2017 | MSS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

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poems, book reviews, essays, introductions and translations, as well as editorial material toward her published and unpublished books.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],
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Series 5: Boston ReviewAdd to your cart.
Boston Review consists of correspondence, poetry and review submissions, etc. from Bang’s tenure as poetry co-editor at Boston Review from 1995 to 2005.
Box 68-69Add to your cart.
Folder 1-7; 1-4: Poetry Submissions/Correspondence, 1997-2005Add to your cart.
Contains correspondence or poetry from Alfred Corn, Carl Phillips, Stephen Yenser, Arthur Sze, Charles Simic, Agha Shahid Ali, Dorothea Tanning, Stephen Sandy, Stephen Berg, Kevin Prufer, Forrest Gander, Karen Volkman, Matthea Harvey, Mark Bibbins, Karen Powell, Dana Levin, Anne Doolittle, Jorie Graham, Edwin Frank, John Latta, Claire Hero, Steven Ellis, John Matthias, Claudia Rankine, David Baker, Gertrude Ezorsky, Catherine Webster, Deborah Wardlaw Pattillo, Katherine Soniat, Laurie Sheck, Laura Hartmark, Josh Bell, Joshua Corey, Liz Waldner, Darryl Phelps, Harry Mathews, Christopher Edgar, David Antin, Derek Webster, Julie Carr, Clayton Eshleman, Catherine Wagner Tessa Rumsey, Monica Ferrell, Paul Hoover, Bradley Paul, Kymberly Taylor, James Cervantes, Bill Knott, Mark Levine, Jordan Davis, Bruce Smith, Jonah Winter, Steve Willard, Lisa Lubasch, David Lehman, Ida McCall, Judith Hall, Michael Farrell, Katherine Soniat, Emily Fragos, Robert Lietz, Eric Ormsby, Eric Ormsby, Angie Estes, Linda Gregg, Cornelius Eady, Leonard Schwartz, John Yau  etc. 400 items
Box 69-70Add to your cart.
Folder 5-6; 1-3: Review Submissions/Correspondence, 1995-1997Add to your cart.

Contains correspondence or reviews from Robert Creeley, Alfred Corn, Karen Volkman, Forrest Gander, Richard Howard, Claudia Keelan, James Longenbach, Bin Ramke, Donald Revell, Erin Belieu, Brian Henry, Denise Duhmael, Stephen Burt, Linda Voris, Malcolm Farley, Stephen Burt, Joshua Cohen, Stanley Plumly, Lisa Meyer, Marjorie Perloff, etc. circa 113 items

Includes several essays by Perloff, "After the Collapse: Reconfiguring Literary Studeis for the 21st Century," "What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Poetry: Some Aporias of Literary Journalism," and "In Search of the Authentic Other: The Poetry of Araki Yasusasa."

Box 70Add to your cart.
Folder 4-5: Poet's Sampler, 1997-2002Add to your cart.
12 items

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[Series 8: Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)],
[Series 9: Audiovisual],
[Series 10: Ephemera],
[Series 11: Printed Materials],
[Series 12: Artwork],
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