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Castro Joins Trias Series

Adrian Castro, the Cuban-Dominican poet, performer and interdisciplinary artist, will read from his work as a guest of the Trias Series, curated by Trias Writer-in-Residence Chris Abani. Castro’s talk will take place on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hirshson Ballroom; it is free and open to the public.

“Adrian Castro weaves myth, history, music, courage, spirit and a heart deep with knowledge and tenderness into a poetry that is all fire: an original and essential voice,” says Abani.

Born in Miami, Castro has cultivated an Afro-Caribbean-American identity, exploring the clash of cultures with a rhythmic pulse. The author of three books of poetry, most recently “Handling Destiny” (2009), he is the recipient of a Cintas Fellowship, the Eric Mathieu King award from the Academy of American Poets and an NALAC Arts Fellowship, among others.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote, “Castro is a Whitman, not of America, but of all the Americas.”

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.” The Trias series is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Africana Studies, Spanish and Hispanic Studies and the English Department.

For more information about The Peter Trias Residency for Writers, visit the website at or contact Kathryn Cowles, director of the Trias Residency for Writers, at