Wednesday, November 22, 2017

10 years of Adrian Matejka readings

It occurred to me while Adrian Matejka read his poetry on Monday evening at the Contemporary Art Museum here in St. Louis that I've now attended his readings for 10 years. I first heard him give a poetry reading as his job talk at SIUE back in the spring of 2007. He began working here in the fall of that year.

During his initial readings, Adrian primarily read from two unfinished manuscripts. Those manuscripts eventually became Mixology (2009), which was selected as a 2008 National Poetry series winner, and The Big Smoke (2013), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in Poetry.

Here's a look back at some of the readings and other events that I documented him here on the blog:

Matejka, joined by his daughter Marley, gives a reading celebrating the release of Mixology in 2009.

Matejka gives a reading on SIUE's campus in January 2011.

Matejka talks with Baraka, after a reading that Baraka gave in October 2011. 

Adrian Matejka reads from then upcoming book, The Big Smoke on April 19, 2013 in St. Louis.

Matejka reads in St. Louis in 2016.

Matejka gives reading in St. Louis on November 20, 2017.

Notebook on Adrian Matejka

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