Recent Authors

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.


Chris Abani

As the 2014-2015 Trias Writer-in-Residence, Chris Abani will lead workshops and serve as a guide and mentor to many of the Colleges' most dedicated and driven writers. As part of the residency, he will offer readings to HWS and the general public. Abani, a Board of Trustees Professor at Northwestern University, has also curated several writers with Cuban and Caribbean influences, such as poet Adrian Castro and novelist Cristina García.

Born in Nigeria, Abani received a B.A. in English from Imo State University in Nigeria, an M.A. in English, gender and culture from Birkbeck College, University of London and a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Southern California. He is the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize and a Guggenheim Award.

Abani is the acclaimed author of "GraceLand" (2004) and "The Secret History of Las Vegas" (2014). His fiction includes "The Virgin of Flames" (2007), "Song For Night" (2007), "Becoming Abigail" (2006) and "Masters of the Board" (1985). In addition to novels, he has also compiled several volumes of poetry, most recently "Sanctificum" (2010), "There Are No Names for Red" (2010) and "Feed Me The Sun - Collected Long Poems" (2010).

Trias Reading Series 2014-2015

Brenda Sieczkowski

April 30, 7:30 p.m., Blackwell Room, Demarest

Brenda Sieczkowski’s first full-length collection of poems, Like Oysters Observing the Sun, was released by Black Lawrence Press. Her poems, essays, and hybrid art pieces have appeared in The Colorado Review, Versal, The New England Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Diagram, The Florida Review, Bone Bouquet, The Seneca Review, Western Humanities Review, Phoebe, Gulf Coast, Poet Lore, Dusie, Sidebrow, and Subtropics among others. Her essays have won awards from both Writers at Work and Knee-Jerk Magazine. Her first chapbook, Wonder Girl in Monster Land, was published in 2012 by dancing girl press. A second chapbook, Fallout & Flotation Devices, is now available from Little Red Leaves’ Textile Series. Currently, she lives, works, and writes in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cristina García

November 20, 7:30 p.m., Hirshon Ballroom

Cuban-born American novelist and journalist Cristina García will join the Trias series on Thursday, Nov. 20. García is the bestselling author of six novels, including her latest work, "King of Cuba" (2013). Her collection of poetry, "The Lesser Tragedy of Death," was published in 2010. Her work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into 14 languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others.

Adrian Castro

October 30, 7:30 p.m.

The Cuban-Dominican poet, performer and interdisciplinary artist Adrian Castro will read from his work. Born in Miami, Castro has cultivated an Afro-Caribbean-American identity, exploring the clash of cultures with a rhythmic pulse. The author of three books of poetry, most recently "Handling Destiny" (2009), he is the recipient of a Cintas Fellowship, the Eric Mathieu King award from the Academy of American Poets and an NALAC Arts Fellowship, among others.


For more information, contact:

Kathryn Cowles, Trias Director
Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies

For Students


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.


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