The Peter Trias Residency at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is designed to give distinguished poets and fiction writers time to write. Academic expectations allow for sustained interaction with our best students while providing the freedom necessary to produce new work. Residents are active, working artists whose presence contributes to intellectual environment of the Colleges and the town of Geneva. The residency offers a generous salary.
The acclaimed short story and novelist writer Mary Gaitskill has been selected as the second writer in residence of the Peter Trias Residency for Writers. She was chosen for her uncompromising and unflinching vision and the stringency of her craft.
Gaitskill is the author of five books fiction,most recently of "Don't Cry," a collection of stories, in 2009. Her novel 2005 "Veronica," which narrates the single day of a former fashion model as she ruminates on life, youth and a friend who recently died of AIDS, was a National Book Award Nominee. Gaitskill’s collection "Because They Wanted To," was nominated for the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award in 1998.
Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, "The Best American Short Stories (1993)," and "The O. Henry Prize Stories (1998)." Her story "Secretary," from "Bad Behavior," was the basis for the 2002 film of the same name. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has taught as numerous institutions, most recently at The New School in New York City.
The Trias Residency Reading Series is supported by The Peter Trias Endowed Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing. This valuable fund was established through a generous bequest from Peter J. Trias '70.
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Department of English
Editor, Seneca Review
The Trias Residency for Writers is supported by The Peter Trias Endowed Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing. This valuable fund was established through a generous bequest from Peter J. Trias '70.