Poet Mary Jo Salter to read

Posted February 26th, 2009 at 4:15 pm.

Photo by Michael Malyszko

Photo by Michael Malyszko

Poet Mary Jo Salter, whose 2008 collection A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems was called “deeply human, brilliantly realized and refreshingly perceptive” by BookPage, will give a reading at Bryn Mawr on Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ely Room at Wyndham Alumnae House.

Free and open to the public, Salter’s appearance is part of the College’s yearlong Creative Writing Program Reading Series, which features award-winning poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, and playwrights. For further information, contact the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210.

A Phone Call to the Future collects new work and a substantial body of poems from her previous collections: Henry Purcell in Japan; Unfinished Painting; the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award-nominated Sunday Skaters; A Kiss in Space; and Open Shutters, a 2003 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Salter also has to her credit a children’s book, The Moon Comes Home, and a play, Falling Bodies, which was first produced in 2004.

Salter’s essays and reviews appear in The New York Times Book Review and other publications, and she is one of the editors of The Norton Anthology of Poetry.

Poet Richard Wilbur described Mary Jo Salter’s first book as “full of alertness, tact, credible feeling, and an unforced gaiety of form.” Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky wrote that Salter’s work “embodies the marriage of superb craftsmanship to the tragic sense of reality.”

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