Adrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003) which won the New York / New England Award and Mixology (Penguin, 2009), a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. Mixology was also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His third collection, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), focuses on Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world. The Big Smoke was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His most recent book, Map to the Stars, was published by Penguin in 2017. Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, the Julia Peterkin Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington and is the Poet Laureate of Indiana. 

Upcoming Events with Adrian

February 27
Reading with Adrian Matejka at Theater at the Fort, Lawrence, Indiana
March 07 to March 10
AWP Events, Tampa, Florida
March 08
Adrian Matejka Conversation at IUPUI , Indianapolis, Indiana
April 02
Adrian Matejka at Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus, Indiana
April 10
Adrian Matejka at State of the Library Fundraiser, Indianapolis, Indiana
April 19
Adrian Matejka Reading at NYU, New York, New York
April 28
Adrian Matejka Reading at Fishers Library, Fishers, Indiana
May 04
Adrian Matejka at LoKo Festival of the Arts, Potsdam, New York
May 22 to May 25
Adrian Matejka at Poetry by the Sea Conference, Madison, Connecticut

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