(H/T: The Aerogram)
Vijay Seshadri, a Brooklyn-based poet and writer, has become the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, awarded for his book of collected poems, 3 Sections. Seshadri, who was born in Bangalore, immigrated to Columbus, Ohio at the age of five with his family.
3 Sections is Seshadri’s third book; the first two are Wild Kingdom and The Long Meadow. In awarding Seshadri’s 3 Sections the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry this year, the Pulitzer committee wrote:
[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.
You can purchase 3 Sections from Amazon here.
Correction: An earlier version of this post neglected to note that Seshadri is the first to win a Pulitzer in Poetry; Asian Americans have previously won the Pulitzer in other categories.