Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke
(Penguin Poets), has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the Regional Author category.
The Big Smoke
, Adrian Matejka’s third work of poetry, follows legendary heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson’s journey from poverty to the most coveted title in sports through the multi-layered voices of Johnson and the white women he loved. Matejka’s book is part historic reclamation and part interrogation of Johnson’s complicated legacy, one that often misremembers the magnetic man behind the myth.
This annual awards program Indiana authors contributions to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is a program of the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and is funded by The Glick Fund.
Matejka will be honored at the 7th
annual Indiana Authors Awards Dinner on October 10 in Indianapolis.