Poet William Trowbridge to Read at Wells

The College’s Visiting Writers Series hosts a residence and reading by the award-winning poet laureate of Missouri.




7:30 pm


Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall

General Info

The Wells College Visiting Writers Series is proud to host a residence by poet William Trowbridge from Wednesday, April 16, through Friday, April 18. In addition to participating in classes and a workshop, Mr. Trowbridge will give a public reading from his work on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall. His reading is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

William Trowbridge is counted among the finest contemporary poets in addition to one of the most entertaining. He is the author of six full-length volumes of poetry, including “The Complete Book of Kong” (2003), an entire collection centered on monologues by King Kong; “Ship of Fool” (2011) featuring Fool as a character through history and literature; and his just-published collection of new and selected works “Put This on, Please.”

About “Ship of Fool,” poet Charles Harper Webb wrote: “Already known as one of America’s best and wittiest poets, William Trowbridge has, in ‘Ship of Fool,’ found the perfect vessel to convey his vision: comic, tender, wry, compassionate, full of insight and rueful understanding of what it means to carry on, cream pies in the face, pants falling down as the Green Weenie rampages through our foolish, beautiful lives.”

Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey wrote: “I laughed out loud reading William Trowbridge’s new collection, ‘Ship of Fool’… In the delightfully absurd experiences of Fool, it is easy to see ourselves… As with the best humor, mirth and despair are twinned here—the truth of our human condition to which Trowbridge turns again and again with his wise and empathetic vision.”

A distinguished Emeritus Professor at Northwest Missouri State University, former editor of The Laurel Review, and Poet Laureate of Missouri, Mr. Trowbridge has been published in innumerable journals, anthologies and textbooks and has won numerous awards, including an Academy of American Poets Prize. He lists as one of his hobbies, “motorcycling on his Triumph Sprint 995 S/T.”

For more information, including selected poems and videos of Mr. Trowbridge reading, visit his website.