Vijay Seshadri is a MacDowell Board member and is a Brooklyn, New York–based poet, essayist, and literary critic. Seshadri's parents immigrated to the United States from Bangalore, India when he was five. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and has been an editor at The New Yorker, as well as an essayist and book reviewer in The New Yorker, 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, National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; and area studies fellowships from Columbia University. As a professor and chair in the undergraduate writing and M.F.A. programs at Sarah Lawrence College, he has taught courses on “Non-Fiction Writing,” “Form and Feeling in Nonfiction Prose,” “Rational and Irrational Narrative,” and “Narrative Persuasion.” He is the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry for his collection, 3 Sections.
Portrait by Lisa Pines