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Salamun to Read in Trias Series

Tomaz Salamun, one of Europe’s most prominent poets, will give a reading of his work on Monday, Nov. 25, as part of the Trias Series. The talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Hirshson Ballroom.

Considered Slovenia’s greatest living poet and a leader of the Eastern European avant-garde in poetry, Salamun was born in Zagreb in 1941 and lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is revered by many American poets for his unique surrealistic style, which draws influences from the work of Charles Simic and Charles Baudelaire.

Salamun studied art history at the University of Ljubjana, and attracted critical notice shortly after with the release of his first collection, “Poker,” at the age of 25. His most recent collections include “There’s the Hand and There’s the Arid Chair,” “The Blue Tower,” “The Book for My Brother;” “Row, Woods and Chalices” and “On the Tracks of Wild Game.”. Early in his career, Salamun also edited the literary magazine, Perspektive.

His work has been widely anthologized and globally recognized. His books have been translated into 21 languages, and nine of his 37 books of poetry have been published in English. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Jenko Prize, Slovenia’s Prešeren and Mladost Prizes, and a Pushcart prize. Šalamun and his German translator, Fabjan Hafner, were also awarded the European Prize for Poetry by the German city of Muenster, as well as fellowship at Columbia University.

The Trias Residency for Writers is supported by The Peter Trias Endowed Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing. The fund was established through a generous bequest from Peter J. Trias ’70. Trias graduated from Hobart with a bachelor’s degree in English, and went on to earn his MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1972. In 1976, he published a collection of poems, “The House in Venice.” This year’s Trias Writer-in-Residence is poet Piotr Summer.

Salamun will be speaking in the Hirshson Ballroom from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information about The Peter Trias Residency for Writers, visit the website at or contact David Weiss, director of the Trias Residency for Writers, at


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