Allan K. Smith Reading Series

Each year the English Department at Trinity College brings a range of fiction writers, poets, and non-fiction writers to campus through the Allan K. Smith Reading Series. In the past, we've brought in world-renowned literary figures such as Carl Phillips and Kiran Desai, as well as up and coming stars such as Sloane Crosley and John Murillo. We are proud to present our fall slate of visiting writers, and we hope you'll be able to join us for these readings.  All readings are free and open to the public.


Tiphanie Yanique  - Thursday, October 5
Reese Room, Smith House, 4:30pm

Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the poetry collection, Wife, the novel, Land of Love and Drowning, and a collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony.  Her awards include the Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry, the Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection of poetry, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award. Originally from the Virgin Islands, she is an associate professor in the English Department at Wesleyan University where she also directs the Creative Writing Program.


Roxana Robinson – Thursday, October 19
Reese Room, Smith House, 4:30pm

Roxana Robinson is the author of nine books: five novels, including Cost; three collections of short stories; and the biography Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BookForum, Best American Short Stories, Tin House and elsewhere. She teaches in the Hunter MFA Program and divides her time between New York, Connecticut, and Maine. She has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation and is the President of the Authors Guild.


Phillis Levin – Tuesday, November 14
Reese Room, Smith House, 4:30pm

Phillis Levin is the author of the poetry collections Mr. Memory & Other Poems, Temples and Fields, The Afterimage, Mercury, and May Day. She is also the editor of The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English. Her honors include the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar Award to Slovenia, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Bogliasco Fellowship, and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a professor of English and the poet-in-residence at Hofstra University.


Afaa Michael Weaver – Thursday, December 17
Reese Room, Smith House, 4:30pm

Afaa Michael Weaver’s poetry collections include Water Song, The Ten Lights of God, The Government of Nature, and City of Eternal Spring. His honors include a Fulbright Scholar Award to Taiwan, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Foundation, and the Kingsley Tufts Award. He was the first “Elder” of the Cave Canem organization and was given the name “Afaa,” which means “oracle,” by the Nigerian playwright, Tess Onwueme. A lifelong student of Chinese culture and language, Weaver received the Gold Friendship Medal in 2005 from the Beijing Writers Association for his work with Chinese poets.


Take a look at some of our past Allan K. Smith Reading Series events on our YouTube page
here!