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Adrian Matejka

Pulitzer Prize finalist and poet Adrian Matejka will discuss his poetry collection "The Big Smoke" which examines the life of boxer Jack Johnson on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Arts Building on the corner of 11th and King streets.

The event is the second in South Bound Distinguished Lecture series from the Southern Lit Alliance and is being offered in celebration of Black History Month.

A cocktail reception with Matejka for VIP ticket-holders will take place at 5 p.m. with a reading at 6 p.m. A book signing will immediately follow.

Matejka's first collection of poems, "The Devil's Garden," won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, "Mixology," won the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published in 2009. "Mixology" was a finalist for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature — Poetry.

"The Big Smoke" was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

Matejka is the Lilly Professor/Poet-in-Residence at Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently working on a new collection of poems and a graphic novel.

Individual tickets and season subscriptions are available now. General Admission tickets begin at $15. There is a student ticket available for $5. VIP tickets, which include the reception, reserved seating, and fast track super powers at the book signing are $25. South Bound season subscriptions are also available for those who wish to attend multiple lectures.

To purchase tickets or view the lineup and schedule, please visit So Lit's newly designed website:www.SouthernLitAlliance.org, or call (423) 267-1218.

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