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Prizewinning poet Matejka to speak April 13


Pulitzer-finalist poet Adrian Matejka will read and discuss his work April 13 in a Kellogg Writers Series appearance at the University of Indianapolis.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Trustees Dining Room of Schwitzer Student Center. Admission is free.

Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in California and Indiana. His most recent book, The Big Smoke, received the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

His first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York/New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, published by Penguin Books in 2009, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature – Poetry.

Matejka has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lannan Foundation, and his work has appeared in leading journals and anthologies. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and is working on a new collection of poems and a graphic novel.

UIndy’s Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers Series brings writers of distinction to campus for public readings and discussions. For more information, visit or contact series director Kevin McKelvey at