Acclaimed poet Adrian Matejka won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2014 for The Big Smoke, a marvelous, nuanced, polyphonic exploration of the life of boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion.
He'll join us to read selections from his work, and announce the winners of the 88th Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards honoring the 2022 books that excel in confronting racism and exploring human diversity.
Previous winners include Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Gunnar Myrdal, Toni Morrison, Marilyn Chin, Sandra Cisneros and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.
Adrian Matejka is the Ruth Lilly Professor of Poetry at Indiana University Bloomington. He is the author of four collections of poems, including The Big Smoke and Map to the Stars.
Among Matejka’s other honors are 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. His latest collection of poems is Somebody Else Sold the World, published in July 2021. Last on His Feet is his first graphic novel.
This event is in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation and The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.
Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Mac's Backs - Books on Coventry
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