Newly-named state poet laureate Adrian Matejka says Bloomington is an almost magical, mystical fertile ground for creative writers. A professor in Indiana University’s English Department and a National Book Award finalist for his poetic biography of boxer Jack Johnson, The Big Smoke, Matejka assumed his post as Indiana’s bard ambassador this month. He joins Michael Glab to talk about his plans for archiving the works of Hoosier poets, both well-known and just starting out, as well as how he juggles writing multiple poems simultaneously.
This episode originally aired Thursday, January 4, 2018.
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