Fred Bahnson Amity Gaige Brian Turner Jim Shepard First
The Trinity College English Department
is pleased to announce the fall 2014
ALLAN K. SMITH READING SERIES
All readings take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Smith House on the
Trinity College campus, 123 Vernon Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Fred Bahnson is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and
Faith, and the director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at
Wake Forest University School of Divinity. His essays have appeared in Oxford
American, Image, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Sun. He lives with his
wife and three sons in Transylvania County, North Carolina. First Collections
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2
Lorraine Doran is the author of Phrasebook for
the Pleiades, Anna Ross is the author of If a Storm,
and R.A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria.
All three poets have won major prizes and
published their debut collections within the last
12 months. They will read from their books and
discuss their journeys from workshop to print.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28
Brian Turner is the author of the poetry collections Here, Bullet and Phantom
Noise and the memoir My Life as a Foreign Country. He served for seven years
in the U.S. Army and was deployed in both Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina, an
experience that is at the core of his work. He directs the M.F.A. program at Sierra
Nevada College and serves as a contributing editor at The Normal School.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Jim Shepard is the author of six novels, including Project X, winner of the
Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, and four short story collections, including You Think That’s Bad, which was a finalist
for the National Book Award. He teaches at Williams College and lives in
Williamstown with his wife, three children, and two beagles.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4
Amity Gaige is the author of three novels, O My Darling, The Folded World, and
Schroder, which was short-listed for the Folio Prize and named one of the Best
Books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review. Her work has also appeared
in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
She lives in Connecticut with her family and teaches at Amherst College. ALL READINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN
TO THE PUBLIC.
A RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING
WILL FOLLOW EACH EVENT.
Each year, the English Department at Trinity College brings a range of fiction
writers, poets, and nonfiction writers to campus through the Allan K. Smith
Reading Series. In the past, we’ve brought in world-renowned literary figures
such as Derek Walcott and Colm Tóibín, as well as up-and-coming stars such as
Rivka Galchen and Kathleen Graber. We are truly excited about our fall lineup,
and we hope you’ll be able to join us for these readings.
For more information, please contact
Christina Bolio at (860) 297-2036
300 summit street
hartford, ct 06106
The Trinity College
invites you to the
ALLAN K. SMITH