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Adrian Matejka with Aimee Nezhukumatathil & Paul Tran

Somebody Else Sold the World Launch Event

July 6 @ 7:00 pm

The reading & conversation will be streamed live to Saint Louis Poetry Center’s Facebook Live page and to Left Bank Books’ Facebook Live page and YouTube page.

Photo Credits: Polina Osherov (Matejka), Caroline Beffa (Nezhukumatathil)

Left Bank Books and Saint Louis Poetry Center welcome National Book Award and Pulitzer Finalist Adrian Matejka, who will discuss his new poetry collection, Somebody Else Sold the World, for the LAUNCH EVENT. Matejka will be in conversation with award winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil and award winning Washington University alum and Slam Poet Paul Tran. Join us on our Facebook Live page and order a copy of Somebody Else Sold the World from Left Bank Books.

Adrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka’s most recent collection of poetry is Map to the Stars. His other books are The Big Smoke, which was the winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and a finalist for both the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize; Mixology, which was selected for the National Poetry Series; and The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003), winner of the New York / New England Award. Among Matejka’s other honors are fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and United States Artists. He served as Poet Laureate of the state of Indiana in 2018-19 and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four collections of poems, including, most recently, Oceanic, winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award. Other awards for her writing include fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mississippi Arts Council, and MacDowell. Her writing appears in Poetry, the New York Times MagazineESPN, and Tin House. She serves as poetry faculty for the Writing Workshops in Greece and is professor of English and creative writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

Paul Tran

Paul Tran is the author of the debut poetry collection, All the Flowers Kneeling, forthcoming from Penguin Poets in February 2022. Their work appears in The New Yorker, The Nation, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere, including the Lionsgate movie Love Beats Rhymes. A recipient of the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Paul is currently a Visiting Faculty in Poetry at Pacific University MFA in Writing and a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.