Pulitzer Prize–Winning Poet Vijay Seshadri to Give Reading at Ithaca College

By David Maley, February 2, 2016

Pulitzer Prize–Winning Poet Vijay Seshadri to Give Reading

ITHACA, NY — Poet Vijay Seshadri will give a free public reading from his works at Ithaca College on Thursday, Feb. 11. Sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, his presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall.

Seshadri was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection “3 Sections,” which the Pulitzer committee called, “a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.”

Though born in Bangalore, India, Seshadri grew up in the United States. He currently directs the graduate non-fiction writing program at Sarah Lawrence College.

Seshadri’s other works include “The Long Meadow,” which won the James Laughlin Award, and “Wild Kingdom.” His poem “The Disappearances” appeared on the back cover of The New Yorker in the magazine’s issue following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

He has been an editor at The New Yorker as well as an essayist and reviewer for The New York Times Book Review, The Threepenny Review, The American Scholar and various literary quarterlies. He has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was awarded the Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize and the MacDowell Colony’s Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement.

For more information on the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, contact associate professor of writing Eleanor Henderson at ehenderson@ithaca.edu.