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India-origin poet bags Pulitzer

New York, April 15 (PTI): India-born poet Vijay Seshadri won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his collection of poems 3 Sections.

The 98th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music were announced yesterday by the Columbia University here.

Seshadri’s 3 Sections is a “compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless,” the announcement said.

The prize for the poetry category was given for a “distinguished volume of original verse” by an American author.

A Columbia University graduate, Seshadri will receive a $10,000 reward.

According to Seshadri’s biography on the Pulitzer website, he currently teaches poetry and non-fiction writing at the liberal arts Sarah Lawrence college in New York.

Born in Bangalore in 1954, Seshadri came to America at the age of five and grew up in Columbus, Ohio.

His collections of poems include James Laughlin Award winner The Long Meadow and Wild Kingdom (1996).

Seshadri’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in prestigious publications including the American Scholar, the Nation, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Yale Review, the Times Book Review, the Philadelphia Enquirer and in many anthologies.

 
 
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