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Mary Jo Bang interview, Inferno: The Lit Show
On this Lit Show, Mary Jo Bang discusses her new book, an irreverent translation of Dante’s Inferno, aptly titled Inferno.

Mary Jo Bang is the author of several books of poetry, including Elegy, for which she won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2007. Her most recent book is an audacious, pop-culture-laden, interpretive translation of Dante’s Inferno, which is being heralded by critics like Adam Fitzgerald of The Brooklyn Rail: “Though no Italian scholar proper, Bang is, however, one of the most wonderfully disturbing and haunted poets of our time…she has attempted to rethink, relive, and re-envision a 21st century Inferno.” Bang is currently a Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.

Interview by Micah Bateman. Complete audio transcript.

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