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International Writers Series: Mary Jo Bang

Wednesday, October 13 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In this virtual reading and discussion, Mary Jo Bang will present her recent translation of Dante’s Purgatorio. Bang will be joined in discussion by Aaron Coleman, doctoral student in Comparative Literature and fellow poet and translator. 

The International Writers Series is a collaboration between the International Writers track of the Program in Comparative Literature and the University Libraries at Washington University to celebrate new publications of creative works by writers and translators in the Washington University in St. Louis community and beyond. The discussions are moderated by Matthias Goeritz, Professor of Practice of Comparative Literature. 

Free and open to all, pre-registration required.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Arts & Culture



Comparative Literature, University Libraries
Event Contact

Walter Schlect | wschlect@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Mary Jo Bang is a nationally recognized author of eight books of poems and Professor of English here at Washington University in St. Louis. Her adaptation of Purgatorio is the extraordinary continuation of her journey with Dante, which began with her transformative version of Inferno. In her signature lyric style, accompanied by her wise and exuberant notes, Bang has produced a stunning translation of this fourteenth-century text, rich with references that span time, languages, and cultures.

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