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Poet Adrian Matejka

Dave Torneo interviews poet Adrian Matejka, a graduate of Indiana University who teaches in the MFA program at IU-Bloomington.

Adrian Matejka in black sweater and white open-necked shirt, smiling

Photo: Adam Schwartz

Adrian Matejka

One of the really wonderful things about poetry is that it lives longer than we realize it would.

Adrian Matejka’s first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York/New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published in 2009 by Penguin Books; it was also a finalist for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature – Poetry. His most recent book, The Big Smoke, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Matejka’s work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2010, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner among other journals and anthologies.

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