“Georgia Poetry Circuit returns to ABAC”

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     The Georgia Poetry Circuit is starting this semester and planning to visit ABAC not once, but twice. Award winning poet and author Adrian Matejka is the first on the list to visit ABAC as a part of the poetry tour.

      Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany but grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University and the Masters of Fine Arts program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Matejka has an extensive book and poetry collection including “The Devil’s Garden” (2003), “Mixology” (2009) and “The Big Smoke” (2013). His most recent book, “Map to the Stars,” was published in 2017.

      Matejka has been honored and awarded for his books and poetry. He won the 2008 National Poetry Series for Mixology and the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for “The Big Smoke.” “The Big Smoke” was also the finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry.

      Some of Matejka’s other honors include the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, the Julia Peterkin Award, a Pushcart Prize and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists.

      Now, Matejka teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and is also Poet Laureate of Indiana.

      Adrian Matejka will be speaking and reading some of his works on Monday, Feb. 4 starting at 7 p.m., in Tift Hall. Admission to the reading is free and Matejka will be answering questions about his life and his works. For any questions about Adrian Matejka, Georgia Poetry Circuit or the event, you can contact Arts Connection Director, Wayne Jones at wpjones@abac. edu rry@abac.edu.

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