Adrian Matejka

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Adrian Matejka
Interview with Adrian Matejka at the University of Southern Indiana to read from his Pulitzer nominated book The Big Smoke.
BornNuremberg, Germany
Alma materIndiana University,
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Adrian Matejka is an American poet. He was the poet laureate of Indiana for the 2018–2019 term. Since May 2022, he has been the editor of Poetry magazine.[1]


Born in Nuremberg, Germany, while his family served in the U.S. military, Adrian Matejka was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the United States.[1] He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington and Southern Illinois University Carbondale with an MFA in Creative Writing. He has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Workshop, the Guggenheim Foundation,[2] the Lannan Foundation,[3] the National Endowment for the Arts, and United States Artists.

He is the author of The Devil's Garden and Mixology. His third collection, The Big Smoke, is about Jack Johnson and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award[4] and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.[5] His newest collection, Map to the Stars, was published by Penguin in 2017.

His work has appeared in literary journals and magazines including American Poetry Review, Callaloo,[6] Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and in anthologies including From the Fishouse (Persea Books, 2009) [7] and The Best American Poetry 2010 (Scribner, 2010).[8]

He teaches literature and creative writing at Indiana University,[9] and was the Indiana State Poet Laureate for 2018 and 2019. In 2022, he was named editor of Poetry magazine.[1]

Honors and awards[edit]

Published works[edit]

Full-Length Poetry Collections

  • The Devil's Garden. Alice James Books. 2003. ISBN 978-1-882295-41-8.
  • Mixology. Penguin Group USA. 2009. ISBN 978-0-14-311583-0.
  • The Big Smoke. Penguin Group USA. 2013. ISBN 978-0-143-12372-9.
  • Map to the Stars. Penguin Group USA. 2017. ISBN 978-0-143-13057-4.
  • Somebody else sold the world. New York: Penguin Books. 2021.[a]

Anthology Publications


  1. ^ Briefly reviewed in the September 13, 2021 issue of The New Yorker.
  2. ^ Toi Derricotte; Cornelius Eady; Camille T. Dungy, eds. (2006). "Understanding Al Green". Gathering ground: a reader celebrating Cave Canem's first decade. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-06924-8.


  1. ^ a b c "Adrian Matejka Joins Poetry Magazine as New Editor". Poetry Foundation. 2022-04-26. Retrieved 2022-08-02.
  2. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Adrian Matejka". Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  3. ^ "Adrian Matejka". Lannan Foundation. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  4. ^ "2013 National Book Award". 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  5. ^ "Home".
  6. ^ "Project MUSE - Login". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  7. ^ "Persea Books Website > "From the Fishouse Book Page". Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  8. ^ "The Best American Poetry 2010, Guest Edited by Amy Gerstler". Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  9. ^ "Faculty: Creative Writing Program: Indiana University". Archived from the original on 2014-07-18. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  10. ^ "Illinois Arts Council Agency". Retrieved 2014-07-27.[permanent dead link]

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