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Gaitskill Named Trias Resident

Award-winning author Mary Gaitskill has been selected as the 2012-13 Trias Writer-in-Residence. Gaitskill will participate in a one-year residency on campus to work with the Colleges’ best student writers. She will also offer a public reading and lecture, and participate in a service event for the greater Geneva community. Gaitskill first came to campus in October as part of 2011-2012 Trias Resident Tom Piazza’s reading series.

She most recently authored “Don’t Cry,” a collection of stories, in 2009. Gaitskill has also written two novels, “Two Girls, Fat and Thin,” and “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. “Veronica” was nominated for a 2005 National Book Award, National Critic’s Circle Award, and L.A. Times Book Award.

Harpers Magazine wrote, “Mary Gaitskill has been formulating her fiction around that immutable question of how we manage to live in a seeminly inscrutable world…The marvel of ‘Veronic’a is how finely this novel reveals a life, and how the novel itself becomes a kind of revelation.”

She also penned the story collections “Bad Behavior” and “Because They Wanted To,” which was nominated for the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award in 1998.

The New York Times Book Review noted “[Gaitskill’s] palpable talent puts her among the most eloquent and perceptive contemporary fiction writers.”

Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, “The Best American Short Stories,” and “The O. Henry Prize Stories.” Her story “Secretary,” part of her collection “Bad Behavior,” was the basis for the 2002 film of the same name. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Gaitskill teaches creative writing at Syracuse University and last year was awarded a Cullman Research Fellowship at the New York Public Library. She has taught at U-C Berkeley, the University of Houston, New York University, Brown and Syracuse University.

Gaitskill graduated from the University of Michigan, where she won an award for her collection of short fiction “The Woman Who Knew Judo and Other Stories.”

The photo above features Gaitskill during her talk on campus in October.