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.


Mary Ruefle

Poet, essayist, and erasure artist Mary Ruefle is the Hobart and William Smith Colleges 2015-16 Trias Writer-in-Residence. She will leading workshops and mentor the Colleges' most dedicated and driven student writers.

Ruefle is the author of more than a dozen books, including collections of poetry, prose, criticism, and a comic book. Her "Selected Poems" won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and "Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures" was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Her work as an erasure artist involves creating poetry by erasing words from existing texts. Ruefle's erasure treatments of 19th century texts have been exhibited in museums and galleries and published in "A Little White Shadow." She has received numerous honors, including the Robert Creeley Award, an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award.

As award-winning poet Tony Hoagland wrote in a review of her work for "On the Seawall," "Ruefle is clearly one of the best American poets writing, and her body of work is remarkable for its spiritual force, intelligence, stylistic virtuosity, and adventurousness."

Trias Reading Series 2015-2016

David Hinton

October 29, at 5 p.m. in Hirshson

Translator, poet and essayist David Hinton's many translations of classical Chinese poetry have earned wide acclaim for creating compelling contemporary poems that convey the actual texture and density of the originals. He is also the first translator in over a century to translate the five seminal masterworks of Chinese philosophy: I Ching, Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu, Analects, Mencius. He was recently given a lifetime achievement award by The American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and both of the major awards given for poetry translation in the United States: the Landon Translation Award, from the Academy of American Poets, and the PEN Translation Award, from the PEN American Center. His new book of essays is Hunger Mountain: A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape, which was on the Best-Books-of-2012 list at The Guardian. He lives in Vermont and teaches in Columbia University’s graduate writing program.

Jody Gladding

October 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Hirshson
(there will be a reception between the two events)

Poet, translator and hybrid-forms artist Jody Gladding's work explores the places where language and landscape converge. She has published three collections of poems, most recently Translations from Bark Beetle, which includes images of some of her poem sculpture/illustrations, and has translated almost thirty books from French. Her awards and honors include MacDowell and Stegner fellowships, the French-American Foundation Translation Award, Centre National du Livre translation grants, a Whiting Writers Award, and the Yale Younger Poets Prize. She lives in Vermont and teaches in the MFA Program in poetry and translation at Drew University.

Michael Burkard

November 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Hirshson

Poet Michael Burkard, who graduated from Hobart College and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, is the author of more than 10 books of poems, including Envelope of Night: Selected and Uncollected Poems, lucky coat anywhere and, most recently, Some Time in the Winter. He has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, a Whiting Writer’s Award, two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and many other honors from such publications and organizations as Ploughshares,American Poetry Review, the MacDowell Colony, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Center. He teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program at Syracuse University.


For more information, contact:

Kathryn Cowles, Trias Director
Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies

For Students


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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