Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954, and came to America as a small child. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Oberlin College and Columbia University. Between his undergraduate and graduate education he lived in many parts of the country, and worked in a variety of jobs. He is the author of four collections of poems: Wild Kingdom, The Long Meadow, and 3 Sections, which have all been published by Graywolf Press; The Disappearances, published by Harper-Collins India; and many essays, reviews, and memoir fragments. His work has appeared in dozens of periodicals, including The New Yorker, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, The New York Times and The New York Times Book Review, Poetry, and The Paris Review, and many anthologies, among them The Best American Poetry, Best Creative Nonfiction: 2009, The Harper-Collins Book of Indian Poetry, Writing New York, and the Everyman's Library New York Poems. His work has been recognized with a number of honors, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the James Laughlin Prize of the Academy of American Poets, The Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize, the MacDowell Colony's Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement, and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Photo by Lisa Pines