On Wednesday, May 1, poet Piotr Sommer will read a selection of his poems and talk about his work as part of the Trias Reading Series at 5 p.m. in the Blackwell Room.
Sommer will serve as the 2013-2014 Trias Writer-in-Residence.
Sommer will participate in a one-year residency on campus to work with the Colleges' best student writers. As part of the residency, he will also offer a public reading and lecture, and participate in a service event for the greater Geneva community.
Hailed by many for his work, American poet John Ashberry noted, “Piotr Sommer is the great poet of ‘everyday loneliness, contrary to your self, perhaps.’” Sommner is also often noted for his informal tone and ironic, almost teasing words that manage to convey something much darker.
Sommer is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, as well as many translations from contemporary American, English and Irish poetry. He authored “Przed snem” (“Before Sleep”), a book of poems for children, and his most recent book in English is “Continued.” He is also the editor of the prestigious World Literature in Translation (Literatury na świecie).
He has received numerous awards including the Silesius Poetry Prize 2010 and fellowships from the National Humanities Center in North Carolina 2005, DAAD in Berlin 2008, and Whitney Humanities Center at Yale 2009. He is currently working on his selected poems and a new collection of essays.