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Vijay Seshadri is First Guest in Fall Writers Speak Wednesdays

Vijay Seshadri © Lisa Pines
Vijay Seshadri © Lisa Pines

Vijay Seshadri, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems 3 Sections, will be the first guest in the 2014 fall Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Seshadri will speak on Wednesday, September 24, at 7 pm in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall.

Just prior to the reading, the Southampton Arts MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program will hold an informational Open House in the Radio Lounge starting at 6 pm.

Seshadri is also the author of two other books of poems, The Long Meadow (2004), which won the James Laughlin Award, and Wild Kingdom (1996). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, the Times Book Review, The Yale Review, and in many anthologies, including: Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets; Contours of the Heart, Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, and The Best American Poetry 1997, 2003, 2006, 2013.

Born in Bangladesh, India, Seshadri moved to the U.S. at the age of 5. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where his father taught chemistry at Ohio State University. Educated at Oberlin College and Columbia University, he has taught in the creative writing department at Sarah Lawrence College since 1998. Seshadri lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Other writers scheduled for the Writers Speak Wednesday series include Nahid Rachlin and Elena Gorokhova, October 8; Alissa Nutting, October 22; Julia Fierro, October 29; Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, November 5; and Brian Morton, interviewed by former New Yorker fiction editor Daniel Menaker, November 12.

On December 3, the evening will be devoted to readings by “the stars of tomorrow,” students enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. All readings begin at 7 pm in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway.

For more information, call (631) 632-5030 or visit www.stonybrook.edu/mfa. On Facebook, visit Writers Speak Wednesdays; to follow on Twitter, @WritersSpeakWed.

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