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Georgia Poetry Circuit welcomes Adrian Matejka on February 7

In conjunction with The Georgia Poetry Circuit, The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce that poet Adrian Matejka will be giving a public craft talk and reading of his poetry on Thursday, February 7. The schedule of events is:

  • Craft talk/Q&A: 2-3 p.m. , Newton 1113
  • Reading: 6:30-7:30 p.m. , IAB 1012

Both events are free and open to the public. Matejka’s books will be available for purchase before and after the 6:30 p.m. reading.

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in Indianapolis, 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 Bellagio Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and is Poet Laureate of Indiana.

For more information about The Georgia Poetry Circuit at Georgia Southern University, please contact Christina Olson.

The College of Arts and Humanities, the University’s College of the Creative Mind, prepares students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytical skills, enhance their creativity, and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, their nations, and the world.


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