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.


John D’Agata ’95

John D’Agata ’95 returns to Hobart and William Smith Colleges as the 2017-18 Trias Writer-in Residence. D’Agata, professor of English and director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, is the author of The Lifespan of a Fact (with Jim Fingal) and About a Mountain, which was named by the New York Times as one of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books Ever Written. His first collection of lyric essays, Halls of Fame, was published by Graywolf Press and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. As this year’s Trias resident, D’Agata will teach a nonfiction workshop and mentor students who have shown distinction in writing at the Colleges. He will teach one class in the fall and work with a number of select students the following spring. Additionally, he will curate a speaker series, inviting his contemporaries to give readings of their work throughout the 2017-18 year.

D’Agata ’95 will read on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Hirshson Ballroom.

Trias Reading Series 2017-2018

Thalia Field

Thalia Field

Oct. 12, 7 p.m. in Hirshson Ballroom

Thalia Field is known for innovative fiction and interdisciplinary collaborations. She teaches experimental fiction and performance at Brown University. Her most recent book, Experimental Animals (A Reality Fiction), published by Solid Objects (NY) is a collage-based and genre-blending novel that explores the origins of both experimental literature and modern experimental bio-medicine. Based on the marriage of Claude and Fanny Bernard, the novel also features women activists who have been overlooked in science history. She has also published three books of experimental writing and prose poetry with New Directions Publishing, most recently Bird Lovers, Backyard in 2010. She has published a lyric essay, A Prank of Georges, with Essay Press, with co-author Abigail Lang.

Lauren Alleyne

Lauren Alleyne

Nov. 1, 7 p.m. in The Blackwell Room

Lauren Alleyne is the author of Difficult Fruit (Peepal Tree Press, 2014). She has taught here at the Colleges and has been Poet-in-Residence at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. Currently, she is associate professor in English, and the assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University in Virginia.

Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos

Nov. 16, 7 p.m. in Hirshson Ballroom

Melissa Febos is the author of Whip Smart (St Martin's Press 2010), a memoir of her work as a professional dominatrix while she was studying at The New School. Her second book, the essay collection Abandon Me, was published by Bloomsbury Publishing on February 28, 2017. Febos has contributed to publications such as The New York Times, Salon, Bomb, Hunger Mountain, Prairie Schooner, The Kenyon Review, Tin House, Granta, Post Road, Dissent, The Southeast Review, Redivider, The Rambler, The Huffington Post, Bitch Magazine and The Chronicle of Higher Education.


For more information, contact:

Davis Weiss, Trias Director and Professor of English

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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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