Tom Piazza, renowned author and the Colleges’ 2011 Trias Resident, will read from his book, “Devil Sent The Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America,” on Monday, Dec. 5. The event will take place in the reading room of the Geneva Public Library at 5:30 p.m.
The first book since his award-winning novel “City of Refuge” and his stunning and influential post-Katrina polemic “Why New Orleans Matters,” “Devil Sent the Rain” is a collection of writings on music, literature, New Orleans, and America itself in desperate times.
The New Orleans author is a Grammy recipient and award-winning author of 10 books; he is the first resident for the Peter Trias Residency for Writers at HWS. The position was established by The Peter Trias ’70 Endowed Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing to attract accomplished poets and writers for year-long appointments.
A well known music writer, Piazza won a 2004 Grammy Award for his album notes to “Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey” and is a three-time winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Music Writing. Musician Bob Dylan has said, “Tom Piazza’s writing pulsates with nervous electrical tension – reveals the emotions that we can’t define.”
Piazza’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Bookforum, The Oxford American, Columbia Journalism Review, and many other periodicals. His novel “City Of Refuge” won the 2008 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. His other books include the Faulkner Society Award-winning novel “My Cold War” and the short-story collection “Blues and Trouble,” which won the James Michener Award for Fiction. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.