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Observable Readings: Mary Jo Bang & John Tipton

Dressel's Public House

Mary Jo Bang & John TiptonThe Observable Reading Series welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE). The event will begin at 7:30 PM and will be held in the upstairs loft of the restaurant. Please note, no elevator access. Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.

Mary Jo Bang was born in Waynesville, Missouri, and grew up in Ferguson. She received a an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently The Last Two Seconds (Graywolf Press, 2015). She was the poetry co-editor at Boston Review from 1995 to 2005. She’s been the recipient of a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation, and a Berlin Prize fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. Her 2012 translation of Dante's Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, was named a Notable Book by both the Academy of American Poets (2012) and by the American Library Association (2013). She is Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.

John Tipton was born in Alton, Illinois, and grew up in Indiana. After serving in the army, he earned a degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He is the author of two poetry collections, including Paramnesia (2016). His translations of Greek tragedies, including Sophocles’s Ajax (2008) and Aeschylus’s Seven Against Thebes (2015), have garnered praise for their “vigor and careful tuning … [and] terse idiomatic grace.” Tipton was the founder and director of the Chicago Poetry Project, a long-running reading series that ended in 2011. With Peter O’Leary, Tipton founded the small literary press Verge Books in 2013 in an effort to continue and extend the Chicago Poetry Project’s mission. He is currently the press’ publisher and lives in Chicago.

This event is presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center. For more information, visit

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House
419 N. Euclid
Saint Louis, MO 63108
The Last Two Seconds: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977047
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2015

Inferno Cover Image
By Dante Alighieri, Mary Jo Bang (Translator), Henrik Drescher (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781555976545
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - September 3rd, 2013

Paramnesia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780990340782
Availability: Special Order
Published: Flood Editions - September 21st, 2016