Mary Jo Bang is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Apology for Want (1997), which received the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize; 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). Her latest book is a new translation of Dante's Inferno (2012).
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 "Discover"/The Nation Award, a Pushcart Prize, and her poems have been included in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry. The poetry co-editor of the Boston Review from 1995-2005, she is currently a professor at Washington University in St. Louis.