Jul 31, 2015

2 poets among writers at UIndy's Kellogg Writer Series lineup for 2015-16

Poets Shonda Buchanan and Adrain Matejka will visit the University of Indianapolis campus as part of the Allen and Helen Kellogg Writers Series.

  • Shonda Buchanan, who last visited Indianapolis at the Eiteljorg Museum on July 29, will return to the city on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Poet, memoirist, and fiction writer Shonda Buchanan is a culture and literary arts ambassador whose presentations, workshops, and lectures demonstrate her passion for exploring gender, ethnicity, family, heritage, landscape, environment, and ancestry. She edited 
      the poetry anthology 
      Voices from Leimert Park, and her poetry collection Who’s Afraid of Black Indians? was nominated for the Library of Virginia Literary Awards and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards. She has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, The Writer’s Chronicle, and American Public Media’s Marketplace, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More. She is an assistant professor of English at Hampton University, where she teaches writing and editing.
    • Shonda Buchanan
    • Adrian Matejka, winner of an Indiana Authors Award, will visit Wednesday, April 13. Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in California and Indiana. His first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York/New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, published by Penguin Books in 2009, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature – Poetry. His most recent book, The Big Smoke, received the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lannan Foundation, and his work has appeared in leading journals and anthologies. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and is working on a new collection of poems and a graphic novel.
      Adrian Matejka

    Both readings are free and at 7:30 p.m. in the Trustees Dining Room of Schwitzer Student Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

    For complete lineup of writers, go to http://news.uindy.edu/2015/07/14/kellogg-series-to-feature-acclaimed-writers/

    For information, contact Kevin McKelvey at 317-788-2018.

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