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.


Donald Revell

Donald Revell is the author of 15 collections of poetry, most recently of The English Boat (2018) and Drought-Adapted Vine (2015), both from Alice James Books. Revell has also published six volumes of translations from the French, including Apollinaire’s Alcools, Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell, Laforgue’s Last Verses, and Verlaine's Songs without Words. His critical writings have been collected as: Essay: A Critical Memoir; The Art of Attention; and Invisible Green: Selected Prose. Winner of the PEN USA Translation Award and two-time winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry, he has also won the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize and is a former Fellow of the Ingram Merrill and Guggenheim Foundations. Additionally, he has twice been awarded Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Having previously taught at the Universities of Alabama, Denver, Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, and Utah, Donald Revell is currently a Professor of English at UNLV and faculty affiliate of the Black Mountain Institute.

Revell will kick off the 2018-19 Trias Reading Series on Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hirshon Ballroom.

Trias Reading Series 2018-2019

Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali

Oct. 4, 7 p.m. in Hirshson Ballroom

Poet, editor, and prose writer KAZIM ALI was born in the United Kingdom to Muslim parents of Indian, Iranian and Egyptian descent. He received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Albany-SUNY, and an M.F.A. from New York University. His books encompass several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award; The Fortieth Day; All One’s Blue; and the cross-genre text Bright Felon. His novels include Quinn’s Passage and The Disappearance of Seth. Ali is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College. His new book of poems, Inquisition, was released in the Spring of 2018.

Bin Ramke

Bin Ramke

Nov. 1, 7 p.m. in Hirshson Ballroom

Bin Ramke edits the Denver Quarterly and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Denver where he holds the Phipps Chair in literature and is a Distinguished Professor. During his childhood in the south he intended to become a mathematician, and then a sculptor, but after majoring in literature at LSU he eventually received a Ph.D. in modern literature from Ohio University. He taught in Columbus, Georgia prior to arriving at the University of Denver in 1985. For many years he taught fall terms at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His first book won the Yale Younger Poets Award, and he has since published twelve more books of poems, most recently Light Wind Light Light (Omnidawn, 2018).


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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