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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet to speak at library

Updated 3:22 pm, Thursday, August 14, 2014
  • Vijay Seshadri, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, will speak at New Canaan Library Thursday, Aug. 21, in the Adrian Lamb Room. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed

    Vijay Seshadri, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, will speak at New Canaan Library Thursday, Aug. 21, in the Adrian Lamb Room.

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Vijay Seshadri, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, will speak at New Canaan Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in the Adrian Lamb Room.

New York-based author, critic, essayist and literary critic Seshadri will speak about and perform readings from his Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry, "3 Sections." The Pulitzer committee described "3 Sections" as "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," according to a news release from the library.

Seshadri also will read from previously published collections, including "The Long Meadow," winner of the James Laughlin Award, as well as introduce a few new poems. He also is the author of the collections "Wild Kingdom" and "The Disappearances."

His essays, reviews and memoir fragments have appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, the Threepenny Review, the American Scholar and Verse and in the anthologies The Anchor Essay Annual-Best Essays of 1998 and Best Creative Nonfiction.

A former editor at the New Yorker, he is the Michele Tolela Myers Professor of Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, where he was for more than a decade the director of the college's nonfiction writing program. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Oberlin College and a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University. He has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony's Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the James Laughlin Award.

The event is co-sponsored by Stamford-based Mayapple Center for Humanities.

For information or to register, call 203-594-5003 or visit

newcanaanlibrary.org.