Vijay Seshadri, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of 3 Sections, Wild Kingdom, and The Long Meadow, will read from his work at the People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos annual spring benefit at the Princeton Nassau Club at 7:30 p.m. on April 20th. Proceeds will support People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, a reading and discussion program offered in English or Spanish for adults and young adults who have had limited opportunities to experience the transformative power of enduring literature.
In Jonathan Franzen’s words, Seshadri displays “an extraordinary naked modern consciousness, an intensely experienced dislocation, a beautiful intelligence.” He writes to capture fugitive truths, to see himself from obscure angles, to draw connections between our speedy, distracted lives in the present day and the lives of beings in slower, quieter times. These endeavors are infused with humor, and with humility. Seshadri discards nothing, looks away from nothing. He takes it all in, and seeks to incorporate the disparate pieces into a growing insight.
This generous vision and empathic imagination were cultivated through years of wide-ranging experience in diverse locations. Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, and in the United States has lived on the East and West Coasts, as well as in the Midwest. He has worked as a biologist, as a commercial fisherman, and as an editor at The New Yorker. And beyond his studies at Oberlin College (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.F.A.), he has been a hands-on student of political activism.
Seshadri is now Professor of Writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Along with the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, he has won the James Laughlin Award, the Paris Review Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize, and the MacDowell Colony’s Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement. He is a contributor to The New York Times Book Review, The Threepenny Review, and The American Scholar. In 2018 Seshadri is the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Poet-in-Residence.
For reservations, call Pat Andres at (609) 882-4864. Ticket prices start at $100, with dessert reception included. Sponsors join the author for dinner before the reading for $250. Additional sponsorship opportunities and benefits are also available. For more information, visit peopleandstories.org.