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Mary Jo Salter grew up in Detroit and Baltimore, and was educated at Harvard and Cambridge University. She worked as a staff editor at the Atlantic Monthly and as poetry editor of the New Republic. A vice president of the Poetry Society of America, she is also a co-editor of "The Norton Anthology of Poetry." She is the author of several collections of poems, including her most recent, "Open Shutters" (Knopf, paperback, 2005). Her many awards include an Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship for a year in France. An Emily Dickinson Lecturer in the Humanities at Mount Holyoke College, she lives in Massachusetts.