The Carlson-Stauffer Reading Series and INconversations from Indiana Humanities welcome Chantel Massey and Adrian Matejka for a reading and conversation hosted by Franklin College.
Chantel Massey (she/her) is a poet, author, editor, teaching artist, educator, and anime lover based in Indiana. She is a 2019 Wintertangerine, 2019 Open Mouth Poetry resident Alum, and 2019 Best of Net Award nominee. In 2018, she published her first collection of poetry, Bursting At The Seams (VK Press). Massey founded the UnLearn poetry workshop series, serving to inspire writers through a Black classic and contemporary arts-centered curriculum. Chantel carries consistent threads–human rights, Social justice, and the Black experience–in her work.
Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 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 third collection, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), focuses on Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world. The Big Smoke was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His most recent book, Map to the Stars, was published by Penguin in 2017. His first graphic novel Last On His Feet is forthcoming from Liveright in 2021.
Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, the Julia Peterkin Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Bellagio Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and was Poet Laureate of Indiana for 2018-19.