Adrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka

Award-winning poet and Editor of Poetry magazine

Adrian Matejka is an award-winning poet and Editor of Poetry magazine.

He is the author of The Devil’s Garden (2003) which won the New York/New England Award and Mixology (2009), a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. His third collection, The Big Smoke (2013), was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The Big Smoke was also a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His next collection, Map to the Stars, was published in 2017. 

Matejka’s mixed media collaboration with Nicholas Galanin and Kevin Neireiter inspired by Funkadelic, Standing on the Verge & Maggot Brain, was published in 2021. His most recent collection of poems, Somebody Else Sold the World (2021), was a finalist for the UNT 2022 Rilke Prize and the 2022 Indiana Authors Award. His first graphic novel Last On His Feet: Jack Johnson and the Battle of the Century was published in 2023. 

Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, the Julia Peterkin Award, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists. He served as Poet Laureate of the state of Indiana in 2018-19.

Matejka was born in Germany as part of a military family. He grew up in Indianapolis and is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.