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Yuknavitch Weaves Fiction and Nonfiction

The 2019-20 Trias Writing Series kicked off on Sept. 17 with a reading by Writer in Residence Lidia Yuknavitch at Bartlett Theatre. Professor of English Melanie Conroy Goldman Hamilton introduced Yuknavitch to the crowd, which included students studying with Yuknavitch this semester.

Hamilton noted that professional critics “come across collectively as dumbstruck, awed, overwhelmed” by Yuknavitch’s work, which Hamilton attributes to their encounter with “a bona fide original … She writes as if from the brain stem, before everything gets hardened into categories and binaries and clichés and absolutes.”

Yuknavitch, a memoirist and fiction writer, read her essay “Woven,” which originally appeared in Guernica, a magazine focused on the intersection of arts and politics. “It’s an example of my resistance to the idea that nonfiction should stay in their separate houses,” she said.

The reading was followed by a Q&A session and a book signing.

The Trias Residency for Writers, which offers visiting writers the freedom to write and engage in meaningful mentorship of students, is named for poet Peter J. Trias ’70, author of the collection The House in Venice. His gift to the Colleges established the Peter J. Trias ’70 Endowed Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing, to help attract poets and writers of distinction to the campus.

The next Trias reading will take place on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m., when Korean-American novelist, essayist and author Janice Lee will read at Bartlett Theatre.