D’Agata Reads for Trias

By Mary Warner

Arts and Entertainment Editor

The English Department is currently holding a series of readings curated by John D’Agata, this year’s Trias Writer in Residence.

In September, D’Agata, a Hobart alumnus, read from one of his older books, About a Mountain.  This is a non-fiction book of lyrical prose that centers around Las Vegas, Yucca Mountain, and the suicide of a 17-year-old boy.

D’Agata is known for his lyric essays, so it is no surprise that experimental essayist Thalia Field was also invited to read in October from her book of Experimental Animals (A Reality Fiction).  This reading was actually a multimedia, spoken performance created from the material in her book.  Experimental Animals focuses on the life of Claude Bernard, the famous French physiologist who helped create experimental science and who’s experiments drew anger from animal rights activists of the day.

In addition to the Trias Readings, the English Department also invited Lauren Alleyne on November 1.  Alleyne is the author of Difficult Fruit, a collection of poetry that is about the difficult journey into adulthood, womanhood, and confronting a world of violence.

Looking forward, the next reading will be on Thursday, November 12 at 7pm in the Hirshson Ballroom.  Melissa Febos, memoirist, will be reading some of her work.

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