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); Elegy (2007), which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; andThe Bride of E (2009). She was awarded a Pushcart Prize in 2003, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004. Bang was the poetry co-editor of the Boston Review from 1995 to 2005. Her work has appeared in New American Writing, Paris Review, The New Yorker,The New Republic, Denver Quarterly and Harvard Review, among others. Bang is currently a Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, and is at work on a translation of Dante’s Inferno.