MARY JO BANG & EDWARD MCPHERSON

October 3, 2017 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Mary Jo Bang will read from her new poetry book from Graywolf Press, A Doll for Throwing. These poems follow a speaker who had been part of the Bauhaus school in Germany a century ago and witnessed its collapse at the hand of the Nazis. “Mary Jo Bang bends and tosses ideas as easily as one would a Wurfpuppe, a flexible doll created by Bauhaus artist Alma Siedhoff-Buscher that always landed with grace when thrown.”—The Washington Post. 

Mary Jo Bang is the author of numerous poetry collections, including The Last Two Seconds; Elegy, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and an acclaimed translation of Dante’s Inferno. She teaches at Washington University in Saint Louis.

Edward McPherson will read from his collection of essays, History of the Future. "In The History of the Future, McPherson explores America in all its beauty and strangeness. He is funny and searching—a joy to read."—Elizabeth Kolbert

Pushcart Prize-winner McPherson is the author of Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat and The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, Tin House, and the American Scholar. He teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis.