Discipline: Literature – poetry

Vijay Seshadri

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1998, 2004

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

Made at MacDowell

Fellow Works Supported by MacDowell

3 Sections (Poetry Collection)



Vijay Seshadri worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near MacDowell's Union Street entrance, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery of Cincinnati…

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