The Hyam Plutzik / Trinity College Creative Writing Residency

With the Watkinson Library at Trinity College

The Family of Hyam Plutzik (Trinity ’32) is proud to offer an annual residency in South Beach in The Betsy Writer’s Room to a graduating senior or first year graduate student with outstanding talent in the literary arts.

The residency is awarded in May, as part of the graduation program. This residency comes with a $500 travel stipend, six days lodging, and a per-diem of $50. During the residency, the recipient will be invited to participate in an Arts Salon to share his/her work with the community; planning will be done in close partnership with the visiting artist. The residency is awarded annually by the Head Curator and Librarian at the Watkinson in cooperation with collegial advisors, for a residency to be scheduled directly with The Betsy Writer’s Room – at a mutually convenient time.

WR Bio Pic Julia2014 Recipient: Julia Rubano

Ms. Rubano was selected as the 2014 Trinity College South Beach Writer’s Residency recipient by Trinity College and the Family of Hyam Plutzik, American Poet, for her outstanding talent in the Literary Arts at Trinity, where she is an English major with a focus on creative writing (poetry), with a minor in Film Studies.



David Field2015 Recipient: David Field

David Field is a 2015 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where he majored in English with a Creative Writing focus. He has completed work on three unpublished novels, one of which – titled Suburban Train – began as his senior thesis project at Trinity. His self-published book, Curious Incidents: a Collection of Poe and Doyle Remixes, was written as part of the Watkinson Library Fellowship at Trinity and reimagines the classic stories of Edgar Allen Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle in new and contemporary settings. Today he is a member of the Grub Street writing community in Boston. His long-term goal is to earn an MFA and teach creative writing on the college level while continuing to write and publish his works.

2016 Recipient: May Collins Woollcott

Originally from Atlanta, GA,  May Collins Woollcott graduated Trinity College as an English major with a focus on creative writing.  After graduation, she hopes to attend an MFA program in the coming years.




2017 Recipient: Magge J. Nigro

Magge is originally from Reading, MA. She entered Trinity College in the Fall of 2013, and became an English major with a concentration in creative writing (poetry) during her sophomore year. She has studied under professors Ciaran Berry, Ethan Rutherford, Daniel Mrozowski, Clare Rossini, Chloe Wheatley, Christopher Hager, and Milla Riggio. During her senior fall semester she was selected as one of the Connecticut Poetry Circuit Student Poets, and toured colleges in Connecticut with four other poets during her senior spring semester—reading her work at Trinity, Connecticut College, the University of Hartford, the University of Connecticut (Storrs and Waterbury), Central Connecticut State University, Manchester Community College, and Yale University.