Poet Laureate to speak at library, Feb. 13

The Salem Public Library, in conjunction with Indiana University’s Center for Rural Engagement, will be hosting Adrian Matejka, Indiana Poet Laureate 2018-19.

The event is part of the winter and spring reading series and will be held Thursday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the library program room.

Catherine Bowman, Indiana University faculty member will be the host and curator for the evening.

Bowman is the award-winning author of 1-8OO-HOT-RIBS, Rock Farm, Notarikon, The Plath Cabinet, and most recently Can I Finish, Please?. She lives on a farm and teaches literature, writing, and poetry at Indiana University.

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in Indianapolis. He is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003) which won the New York/New England Award, and Mixology (Penguin, 2009), a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. His third collection of poems, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry.

His new book, Map to the Stars, was published by Penguin in 2017. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington and was Poet Laureate of Indiana for 2018-19. He is finishing a new collection of poems, On the B Side, and a graphic novel Last On His Feet.

For more information on this or any other library programming, call the library at 812-883-5600.

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