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 poet Piotr Sommer has been selected as the third writer in residence of the Peter Trias Residency for Writers. 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.
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 also is the editor of the prestigious World Literature in Translation (Literatury na swiecie).
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.
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.
For more information, contact:
Department of English
Editor, Seneca Review
Trias Visiting Writer
Trias House phone: (315) 781-3046
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.