Award-winning writer Tom Piazza was selected as the first resident of the Peter Trias Residency for Writers. Piazza is the author of nine books including City of Refuge, set in post-Katrina New Orleans. A noted music writer, Piazza is the recipient of a Grammy. Bob Dylan has said, "Tom Piazza's writing pulsates with nervous electrical tension - reveals the emotions that we can't define." Piazza is currently a staff writer for the HBO series, Treme.
Piazza was chosen by the committee and the Provost because of his extraordinary fiction and non-fiction which have garnered him national attention. Additionally, his interdisciplinary interests and his commitment to writing about issues of social importance made him a particularly good match for the mission of the colleges. His work is taught in the political science department and used in faculty research in music. The committee believes, as well, that his work on a vibrant, diverse community will be of interest in Geneva.
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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.