Vijay Seshadri on 14 April 2014 won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems entitled 3 Sections published in 2013. The Pulitzer Committee described Vijay's (India-born US poet) creation 3 Sections as a compelling collection of poems that examines human consciousness, from birth to dementia that turns witty and grave compassionate and remorseless.
The 98th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Drama, Letters and Music was announced by Columbia University in New York. As a reward, Vijay would receive 10000 US dollar.
The prize is given in the poetry category for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author.
With this, Seshadri became the fifth person of Indian origin to win the prestigious award. The other four Indian origin people to bag the award are
• Gobind Behari Lal in 1937 – was a science editor and was awarded in the reporting category
• Jhumpa Lahiri (Indian-American author) got Pulitzer for fiction in 2000 for her collection of stories Interpreters of Maladies
• Geeta Anand (Journalist-writer of Indian origin) was awarded in 2003
• Siddhartha Mukherjee (Indian-American physician) was awarded in 2011 for his book on cancer named 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
About Vijay Seshadri
• At present he teaches poetry and non-fiction writing at liberal arts college Sarah Lawrence in New York
• He was born in 1954 in Bangalore and migrated to America at the age of five and grew up in Columbus, Ohio
• He is the author of
• Wild Kingdom (1996)
• The Long Meadow (2003) that won the James Laughlin Award
2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners in Journalism
• Public Service - Two Prizes: The Guardian US and The Washington Post
• Breaking News Reporting - The Boston Globe Staff
• Investigative Reporting - Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.
• Explanatory Reporting - Eli Saslow of The Washington Post
• Local Reporting - Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of the Tampa Bay Times
• National Reporting - David Philipps of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO
• International Reporting - Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall of Reuters
• Feature Writing - No award
• Commentary - Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press
• Criticism - Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer
• Editorial Writing - The Editorial Staff of The Oregonian, Portland
• Editorial Cartooning - Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer
• Breaking News Photography - Tyler Hicks of The New York Times
• Feature Photography - Josh Haner of The New York Times
2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners in Books, Drama and Music
• Fiction - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)
• Drama - The Flick by Annie Baker
• History - The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)
• Biography - Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
• Poetry - 3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press)
• General Nonfiction - Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)
• Music - Become Ocean by John Luther Adams (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature)
Who: Vijay Seshadri
Where: New York
When: 14 April 2014
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