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 spring 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.

Yuri Herrera
Tuesday, February 6, at 4:30 p.m.

Smith House, Reese Room

Born in Actopan, Mexico, in 1970, Yuri Herrera studied politics in Mexico and creative writing in El Paso, Texas, and earned his Ph.D. in literature at Berkeley. His three novels include Señales que precederán al fin del mundo (Signs Preceding the End of the World), which was translated into English by Lisa Dillman and included in many 2015 best-of-year lists, including The Guardian’s Best Fiction and NBC News’s Ten Great Latino Books, before going on to win the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. He currently teaches at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Edward McPherson
Thursday, February 22, at 4:30 p.m.
Mather Hall, Terrace Room B

Edward McPherson is the author of three books: Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat HatThe Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats, and The History of the Future: American Essays. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, and The New York Observer, among others, and has received a Pushcart Prize, the Gulf Coast Prize, a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and the Gesell Award from the University of Minnesota. He teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis.

Connecticut Student Poets Reading
Thursday, March 1, at 4:30 p.m.
Smith House, Reese Room

Each year, the Connecticut Poetry Circuit selects five student poets from colleges across the state to participate in a series of readings at Connecticut campuses in the spring semester. Alumni of this program include nationally renowned figures such as Chase Twichell ’73 and Aracelis Girmay. This year, our own Sarah Beckmann ’18 is among those selected to represent her college. We hope you’ll join us to support her and to hear the original work of five outstanding young poets.

Rachel Kushner
Wednesday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m.
Admissions Grand Room

Rachel Kushner is the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Five Novel of 2013. Kushner’s debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book and best seller. The Strange Case of Rachel K, a collection of her early work, was published by New Directions in 2015. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Paris Review. She is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2016 Howard D. Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 


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