Mary Jo Salter BW

Mary Jo Salter

Mary Jo Salter (poetry) is the author of eight poetry collections from Knopf, including Nothing by DesignA Phone Call to the Future: Selected Poems, and her most recent, The Surveyors. Her edition of The Selected Poems of Amy Clampitt was published by Knopf. She has written a book for children, The Moon Comes Home (Knopf), and co-edited the fourth, fifth, and sixth editions of The Norton Anthology of Poetry (W.W. Norton). She has held the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bogliasco, Rockefeller, Ingram Merrill, and Guggenheim foundations. A selection of songs from Rooms of Light, written by jazz composer and pianist Fred Hersch to her lyrics, premiered at Lincoln Center. In addition, two of Salter’s poems were set to music by Caroline Shaw and performed at Carnegie Hall by Renee Fleming. Salter is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore. Photo by Michael Malyszko