Allan K. Smith Reading Series Begins Semester with Author Yuri Herrera on February 6

Connecticut Student Poets Reading Includes Trinity Student Sarah Beckmann ’18

​Hartford, Connecticut, February 5, 2018 – The Trinity College English Department will open its spring 2018 Allan K. Smith Reading Series on Tuesday, February 6, by welcoming author Yuri Herrera. The reading will be held on the Trinity campus at the Smith House, in the Reese Room, at 4:30 p.m. All events in this series are free and open to the public, and each reading is followed by a reception and book signing.

Herrera, who was born in Actopan, Mexico, is the author of three novels including Señales que precederán al fin del mundo (Signs Preceding the End of the World), which was translated into English by Lisa Dillman. The novel received critical acclaim 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. Herrera currently teaches at Tulane University in New Orleans. 

The Allan K. Smith Reading Series will continue with novelist Edward McPherson on Thursday, February 22, at 4:30 p.m. in Trinity’s Mather Hall, Terrace Room B. McPherson is the author of three books: Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat, The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats, and The History of the Future: American Essays. McPherson has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, and The New York Observer, among others. He has received a Pushcart Prize, the Gulf Coast Prize, a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and the Gesell Award from the University of Minnesota. McPherson currently teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis.

A Connecticut Student Poets Reading will be hosted in Trinity’s Smith House, in the Reese Room, on Thursday, March 1, at 4:30 p.m. Trinity student Sarah Beckmann ’18 is among the five student poets from colleges across the state who were selected by the Connecticut Poetry Circuit to participate in a series of readings.

The semester’s Allan K. Smith Reading Series will conclude with author Rachel Kushner on Wednesday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. in Trinity’s Admissions Grand Room. Kushner’s novel, The Flamethrowers, was a finalist for the National Book Award and was named a New York Times Top Five Novel of 2013. Her debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book. The Strange Case of Rachel K, a collection of her early work, was published by New Directions in 2015. Kushner’s fiction has also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Paris Review. She is the recipient of the 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2016 Howard D. Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

For more information, please contact Christina Bolio at 860-297-2036.