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General Information


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Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: 1971 in Nuremberg, Germany


Illinois Connection

Matejka is a graduate of the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He also taught at the University as the William and Margaret Going Endowed Professor for 2010-11.

Biographical and Professional Information

Adrian Matejka grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He was the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2010, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner among other journals and anthologies. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and was Poet Laureate of Indiana for 2018-19.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """The Devil's Garden"""

-- *2002 Kinereth Gensler Award, Alice James Books


-- """Mixology"""

-- *Finalist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature, National Poetry Series, 2008


-- """The Big Smoke"""

-- *2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

-- *Finalist, National Book Award, 2013

-- *Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, 2014

-- *Pulitzer Prize in poetry, 2014


-- """Other Awards"""

-- *Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award,

-- *Julia Peterkin Award,

-- *Pushcart Prize,

-- *Fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Bellagio Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists.