Mary Jo Bang is the author of eight poetry collections, including "The Last Two Seconds" and "Elegy," winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. She has also published an acclaimed translation of "Dante’s Inferno." Bang has received a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin. Her most recent book is "A Doll for Throwing." She is a professor of English and teaches in the creative writing program at Washington University in Saint Louis.