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.


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Renowned poet Elizabeth Willis is the 2021-2022 Trias Writer in Residence. Willis's most recent book Alive: New and Selected Poems (New York Review Books, 2015) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her other books of poetry include Address (Wesleyan, 2011), recipient of the PEN New England / L. L. Winship Prize for Poetry; Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan, 2006); Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003); The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995), a National Poetry Series selection; and Second Law (Avenue B, 1993).

Her poems can be found in issues of Bennington Review, Hambone, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Poetry, and A Public Space. Willis has also edited a volume of essays titled Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place (Iowa, 2008). In 2012, she received a Guggenheim fellowship for poetry. Willis has held residencies at Brown University, the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, the Centre International de Poésie, Marseille, the READ seminar, and the Lannan Foundation. From 1998-2002 she was Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Mills College. From 2002-2015 she served as Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing at Wesleyan University.

Since 2015, she has been on the permanent faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Willis will kick off the 2021-22 Trias Reading Series on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m.. Please email for the Zoom link and password.


For more information, contact:

Kathryn Cowles, Trias Writers Residency Director and Associate Professor of English


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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