Mary Jo Salter is a poet, essayist, editor, playwright, lyricist, and children's book author. She is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of Poetry and Professor Emerita of The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Salter is the author of several collections of poetry, including Henry Purcell in Japan (1985), Unfinished Painting (1989), Sunday Skaters (1994), A Kiss in Space (1999), Open Shutters (2003), Nothing by Design (2013), and The Surveyors (2017). Salter's most recent collection of poetry, Zoom Rooms, was published by A.A. Knopf in 2022.
The John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence is presented annually by the Department of English on behalf of the Centenary student body and faculty to an established writer who has earned the critical esteem of readers who distinguish artistic accomplishment from commercial success.
In 1991 Eudora Welty became the first recipient of the Corrington Award when she read her short story "A Worn Path" at Centenary's spring Commencement. Learn more about all the past Corrington recipients here.
2022 Corrington Award ceremony
Mary Jo Salter, the winner of this year's Corrington Award for Literary Excellence, will give a poetry reading and accept her award in a ceremony at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2022.