Best Local Poet

Adrian Matejka

There's a rhythmic urgency to Adrian Matejka's poetry that mirrors the music he turns to as one of his many sources of inspiration. His newest collection, Mixology, nominated for an NAACP Image Award and winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series, is a case study in disparate meldings. In "Language Mixology" Matejka writes:

When he's not writing, editing the journal Sou'wester or teaching at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Matejka is bringing other poets to St. Louis as the co-director of the River Styx Reading Series.

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