Mary Jo Salter
Mary Jo Salter (poetry) is the author of eight poetry collections from Knopf, including Nothing by Design, A 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; and two poems by Salter, in musical settings by Caroline Shaw, were performed recently by Renee Fleming at Carnegie Hall. Salter is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore.