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Saunders to Join Trias Series

Joining the Trias Series on Thursday, Oct. 18, is New York Times best-selling author George Saunders, who will join campus for a 7:30 p.m. reading of this work in the Hirshson Ballroom. Saunders has written countless short stories, essays and novellas and has been featured in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and McSweeney’s.

Currently a Professor of English in the creative writing program at Syracuse University, Saunders has had a colorful career. As a writer for GQ, he traveled Africa with Bill Clinton, journeyed to Dubai to explore its world-renowned themed hotels, spent time as a homeless person living in Fresno’s tent city, and drove the length of the Mexican border.

His reputation as one of the most creative voices in entertainment and literature today has been recognized with numerous awards and laureates, including the National Magazine Award for fiction – which he won in 1994, 1996, 2000, and 2004 – and second place in the prestigious O. Henry Awards in 1997. In 2006, Saunders was also the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, known commonly as a “genius grant,” as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Saunders’ most recent book, “The Braindead Megaphone,” is a collection of essays that appeared in the New Yorker and GQ. The work received national attention, landing him appearances on “The Charlie Rose Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” and “The Colbert Report.”

The Trias Residency for Writers is supported by The Peter Trias Endowed Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing that was established through a generous bequest from Peter J. Trias ’70.