2015 Indiana Authors Award Regional Winner Adrian Matejka to speak at DePauw University

Matejka.jpg#asset:91Poet Adrian Matejka will speak in DePauw University’s Union Building Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, as part of the Kelley Visiting Writer Series. This event is free and open to the public.

Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden(2002), Mixology (2008), and The Big Smoke (2013), which poetically explores the life of boxer Jack Johnson and won the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Pulitzer Prize winning author Yusef Komunyakaa writes of The Big Smoke: “This poet’s Jack Johnson is made of sweat, blood, and vulnerability.”

For more information about his appearance, and other upcoming author talks in the Series, visit the University’s website.

About the Kelley Writer Center:

The James and Marilou Kelly Writers Series was established in 1998 with gifts from Marilou Morrell Kelly, Class of 1955. Marilou Kelly, who passed away on July 7, 2014, owned a marvelous bookstore in St. Charles, Illinois, for a number of years. An avid reader and lover of books, she frequently persuaded authors to give readings in the St. Charles community and became friends with a number of them. James J. Kelly, who passed away January 8, 1994, was an executive with Goldman Sachs in Chicago, former chair of the DePauw University Board of Trustees, and former chair of the Sesquicentennial Campaign.

Generous gifts from Professor Emeritus of English J. David Field provide additional support to the James and Marilou Kelly Writers Series.

For a complete list of previous participants, please click here.