"Writing: A Life" Events: 


Adam Tavel 

LVC alum (2003) Adam Tavel recently won the 2017 Richard Wilbur Book Award for his third poetry collection, Catafalque, which is forthcoming with the University of Evansville Press. He is also the author of Plash & Levitation (University of Alaska Press, 2015), winner of the Permafrost Book Prize, and The Fawn Abyss (Salmon Poetry, 2017). He is the reviews editor for Plume and a professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. During his week-long visit, he will be meeting one-on-one with upper-level creative writing students to discuss their works, in addition to visiting classes and conducting public events. You can learn more on his website.

  • Reading, Q&A, and Signing | Sept. 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium | Books will be available for sale at the reading 
  • Generative Workshop: "Your Own Tide: Obsession, Process, and Voice in Creative Writing" | Sept. 12 | 3:30 p.m. | HUM 210
  • Colloquium Talk: "The Artist in the Age of 'Likes': Creative Desire in a Decade of Technology and Political Upheaval" | Sept. 13 | 5–6 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium


Adrian Matejka 

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003) which won the New York / New England Award and Mixology (Penguin, 2009), a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. Mixology was also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His most recent collection of poems, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The Big Smoke was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His new book, Map to the Stars, was released from Penguin in March 2017. Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, two grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Julia Peterkin Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently working on a new collection of poems, Hearing Damage, and a graphic novel.

  • Reading, Q&A, and Signing | Sept. 25 | 7:30 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium
  • Generative Workshop | Sept. 26 | 3:30–5 p.m. | HUM 210