Mary Gaitskill

The acclaimed short story and novelist writer Mary Gaitskill has been selected as the second writer in residence of the Peter Trias Residency for Writers. She was chosen for her uncompromising and unflinching vision and the stringency of her craft.

Gaitskill is the author of five books fiction,most recently of "Don't Cry," a collection of stories, in 2009. Her novel 2005 "Veronica," which narrates the single day of a former fashion model as she ruminates on life, youth and a friend who recently died of AIDS, was a National Book Award Nominee. Gaitskill’s collection "Because They Wanted To," was nominated for the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award in 1998.

Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, "The Best American Short Stories (1993)," and "The O. Henry Prize Stories (1998)." Her story "Secretary," from "Bad Behavior," was the basis for the 2002 film of the same name. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has taught as numerous institutions, most recently at The New School in New York City.



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.


For more information, contact:

David Weiss
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.