First Asian American to Win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • by Ethel Navales
  • April 15, 2014
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There’s a saying about the Asian American community. Whether or not this actually holds true for you, you’ve probably heard the stereotype that Asians Americans are expected to excel in the medical, law and engineering field.

While we obviously have a lot of respect for those fields, what about the Asian Americans who specialize in art, literature or film? Here at Audrey, we think it’s important to highlight the achievements of Asian Americans in fields outside of medicine or law. Believe it or not, we actually are interested in other things.

A perfect example is Vijay Seshadri who has become the first Asian American poet to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry yesterday for his book 3 Sections. The book is said to be “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.”

India-born Seshadri moved to the United States at the age of five. He holds an A.B. degree from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University where he was a graduate student in the Ph.D. program in Middle Eastern Languages and Literature.

When asked about what the Pulitzer Prize means to him, Seshardi responded, “The Pulitzer is tremendous honor, but it somehow seems to me to have to do not with my past but my future, which is of course something I have to discover.”

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Purchase your copy of 3 Sections here.

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