WWBA 2018 Poet-in-Residence Vijay Seshadri
will be joined by 2013 WWBA Champion of Literacy John Barr in offering a poetry reading on June 2, 2018, followed by a Q&A, book sale, and book signing. This event is part of WWBA’s annual celebration of Walt Whitman’s birthday.
Refreshments served. Accessible to those with physical disabilities. The master class workshop fee includes this reading.
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.
John Barr was the founding president of the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. During the decade of his tenure, the Foundation used a major financial gift from philanthropist Ruth Lilly to increase the annual outreach of its programs from 10,000 to over 20 million readers, viewers and listeners. In 2013, he received the Champion of Literacy Award from WWBA.
Barr was born in Omaha, graduated from Harvard College on a Navy scholarship and served for five years on destroyers, including three tours to Vietnam. During a 30-year career as investment banker, he was a managing director at Morgan Stanley and founded three start-ups. He served for many years on the boards of Yaddo, the Poetry Society of America, and Bennington College, the latter two as Board Chairman.
His poems have been published in nine collections over the past 30 years. His new book, Dante in China, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press this summer.
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.