The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series at Hope College will feature poet Adrian Matejka on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.

There will be a question-and-answer session with Matejka on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication.

The public is invited to both events.  Admission is free.

Adrian Matejka is the author of three collections of poetry. His most recent collection, “The Smoke,” won the 2013 Ainsfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the National Book Award in Poetry.

His other works include “Mixology,” a National Poetry Series Winner as well as a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature, and “The Devil’s Garden,” a New York/New England Award winner. Matejka’s poetry has appeared in “Prairie Schooner,” “The American Poetry Review,” “Barely South” and many other journals.

He is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and Lannan Foundation, along with two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and the Julia Peterkin Award.

Matjeka has worked as an editor for “Crab Orchard Review,” “Calloo” and “Sou’wester,” and currently serves as a contributing editor for “River Styx” and “Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture.”

He is a graduate of Indiana University and received his MFA at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  With his wife, poet Stacey Lynn Brown, and their daughter, Matejka lives in Bloomington and teaches at Indiana University. 

Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.  The Martha Miller Center is located at 257 Columbia Ave., at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street.

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