WWBA 2018 Poet-in-Residence Vijay Seshadri will offer a Master Class in Poetry Writing, followed by a poetry reading on June 2, 2018. The workshop fee includes the poetry reading at 5:30 pm.
This event is part of WWBA’s annual celebration of Walt Whitman’s birthday.
Seshadri will lecture about contemporary poetry writing and then he will workshop participants’ poems, as time allows. Please bring writing utensils and materials. Copies of poems provided.
Send in one poem suitable for a 5-10 minute discussion to firstname.lastname@example.org
Poet, essayist, and critic Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, and came to the US at the age of five. He earned a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from Columbia University. Among his literary influences are Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, and William Blake. His 2003 poetry second collection, The Long Meadow, won the James Laughlin Award and his third collection, 3 Sections (2013), won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.
Seshadri has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NEA, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has been awarded The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize and the MacDowell Colony’s Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement. He has worked as an editor at the New Yorker and has taught at Bennington College. Currently, he teaches undergraduate writing courses at Sarah Lawrence College as well as directs the graduate non-fiction writing program.
This event is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.