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Poetry Reading: Mary Jo Bang, Devin Johnston, and Carl Phillips

Apr 2, 2014, 7:00pm

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Mary Jo Bang. Photo: Mark Schafer

Devin Johnston. Photo © Juno Gemes

Carl Phillips. Photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Mary Jo Bang. Photo: Mark SchaferDevin Johnston. Photo © Juno GemesCarl Phillips. Photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

7:00 pm

Using the poetry collection The Triumph of Poverty: Poetry Inspired by the Work of Nicole Eisenman as a point of departure, CAM presents a poetry reading by Mary Jo Bang, Devin Johnston, and Carl Phillips. Jessica Baran, director of Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts and co-curator of its poetry series, hosts the evening and reads excerpts from the book.

Mary Jo Bang is the author of six books of poems, including Louise in Love, The Bride of E, and Elegy, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University and is currently a Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. Her translation of Dante’s Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, was published by Graywolf in 2012.

Devin Johnston is the author of four books of poetry, including Traveler (FSG, 2011). He works for Flood Editions, a nonprofit publishing house, and teaches at Saint Louis University.

Carl Phillips is the author of twelve books of poems, most recently Silverchest (FSG, 2013) and Double Shadow (FSG, 2011). Recent honors include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. A new collection of prose, The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination, will be out from Graywolf in 2014. Phillips is a Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.

Jessica Baran is the author of two poetry collections Equivalents (Lost Road Press, 2013, winner of the Besmilr Brigham Women Writer’s Prize) and Remains to Be Used (Apostrophe, 2010) – as well as the chapbook Late and Soon, Getting and Spending (All Along Press, 2011). She teaches at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual art and is the director of fort gondo compound for the arts. 


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