Talented and versatile award-winning writers – fiction and nonfiction writer Rachel Marston and poet Timothy O’Keefe – will visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges as the next guest speakers of the Trias Reading Series. The Trias event will take place on Monday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hirshson Ballroom.
Marston’s work has appeared in Diagram, Event, The Collagist and other journals. Her current work is on the revision of a short story collection, “The Shape of the Day,” as well as a novel-in-progress that explores the mythological, religious and political facets surrounding nuclear testing in the contemporary American West titled, “How to Speak to God.” Most recently, Marston received a Central Minnesota Arts Board/ McKnight Foundation Individual Artist award. She is an assistant professor of English at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Minnesota.
O’Keefe wrote his first book, “The Goodbye Town,“ which won the FIELD Poetry Prize in 2010 and was published by Oberlin College Press in 2011. His lyric essay, “The Nest We Live In,” was chosen by Laird Hunt for the 2010 Utah Writer’s Contest and appeared in the Winter 2011 issue of Western Humanities Review. His poems and lyric essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Boston Review, and several other prestigious publications. Currently he is teaching writing and literature at Piedmont College.
Trias Reading Series events happen throughout each semester and are part of the Trias Residency for Writers, which is supported by The Peter Trias Endowed Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing. This valuable fund was established through a generous bequest from Peter J. Trias ’70.