Adrian Matejka

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Interview with Adrian Matejka at the University of Southern Indiana to read from his Pulitzer nominated book The Big Smoke.

Adrian Matejka (born in Nuremberg, Germany) is an African-American poet. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with an MFA in Creative Writing. He has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Workshop, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and United States Artists. His most recent book of poetry, The Big Smoke, was published by Penguin in 2013 and is about Jack Johnson. It was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award [1] and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.[2] His work has appeared in literary journals and magazines including American Poetry Review, Callaloo,[3] Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and in anthologies including From the Fishouse (Persea Books, 2009) [4] and The Best American Poetry 2010 (Scribner, 2010).[5] He teaches literature and creative writing at Indiana University.[6] He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife, poet Stacey Lynn Brown, and their daughter.

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  1. ^ "2013 National Book Award". 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
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  4. ^ "Persea Books Website > "From the Fishouse Book Page". Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  5. ^ "The Best American Poetry 2010, Guest Edited by Amy Gerstler". Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  6. ^ "Faculty: Creative Writing Program: Indiana University". Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  7. ^ "Illinois Arts Council Agency". Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  8. ^ 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. 

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