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Lost Originals: A Literary House Press Book Launch with Mary Jo Salter

Date: 4:30pm EDT October 8, 2013

Lost Originals is a poetry chapbook by Mary Jo Salter, letterpress-printed in a special limited edition by the Literary House Press at Washington College, with hand-tinted engravings created by Abigail Rorer.


Mary Jo Salter is the author of seven collections of poetry, all published by Alfred A. Knopf, including the 2013 volume Nothing By Design. She is also a lyricist and playwright, and the author of a children’s book, The Moon Comes Home.

A former poetry editor of The New Republic, she is a co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry. Having taught at Mount Holyoke College for many years, she is now Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at The Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

“It’s Hard to Say”–But Not for Mary Jo Salter podcast of Maryland Morning interview on WYPR


“According to fellow poet Carolyn Kizer, Mary Jo Salter writes “poems of breathtaking elegance: in formal control, in intellectual subtlety, in learning lightly displayed.” Mary Jo Salter’s five collections of poetry include Open Shutters (Knopf, 2003), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; A Kiss in Space (1999); Sunday Skaters (1994), nominated for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in Poetry; Unfinished Painting (1989), the 1989 Lamont Selection, for the year’s most distinguished second volume of poetry; and Henry Purcell in Japan (1985). She also has written a children’s book, The Moon Comes Home (1989), and Falling Bodies, a play, and is working on lyrics for a staged song cycle, Rooms of Light, for music composed by Fred Hersch. In this interview, she discusses her job as one of three editors of The Norton Anthology of Poetry (fourth edition, 1996, and fifth edition, 2005).”

~ Poetry Daily Interview


The Poetry Foundation


Poetry Series on PBS

This event is free and open to the public. Booksigning to follow.