Mary Jo Bang is known as a poet of “gorgeous phrasing and imaginative leaps” (Washington Post) and as “an ingenious phrase maker, startling English out of its idiomatic slumber” (New York Times Book Review). Her poems are products and portrayals of our fractured twenty-first century world, yet timeless, whether concerning silent moving star Louise Brooks or of the tragic death of her son. She is the author of six poetry collections, including The Last Two Seconds and Elegy, which won the 2009 Nation Book Critics Circle Award and the translator of a groundbreaking rendition of Dante’s Inferno.