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19th Annual Maurice Brown Poetry Reading

Picture of Vijay SeshadriThe Annual Maurice Brown Poetry Reading is proud to host Vijay Seshadri, poet, essayist, and winner of the Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award. The reading will be in Gold Rooms B and C in the Oakland Center on Thursday, October 5, 2006, at 4 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

Professor Seshadri is the author of two volumes of poetry, Wild Kingdom (1996) and The Long Meadow (2004) and is the Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Non-Fiction at Sarah Lawrence College. His essays and poems have appeared in prestigious publications including The New Yorker, The American Scholar, and The Paris Review. In addition to the James Laughlin award, Professor Seshadri has also received the MacDowell Colony’s Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement, The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize, a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

This reading is sponsored by the Department of English as a tribute to Professor Maurice Brown, who taught in Oakland University’s English Department from 1961 until his death in 1985. The Maurice Brown Collection of Contemporary Poetry in Kresge Library also honors his memory.

For more information, contact:

Department of English

(248) 370-2251


Maurice Brown Bookplate. Text reads: In Memory of Maurice Fred Brown II Professor of English 1961-1985Books at Kresge Library by Vijay Seshadri

Free Web Resources

Poet & Writers Interview by Jeet Thayil

The New Yorker Interview by Alice Quinn

Links to poems by Vijay Seshadri:

  • “Lifeline”
  • “The Reappeared”
  • “The Scholar”
  • “Survivor”

Vijay Seshadri reading 3 of his poems [audio]

Full-Text Articles (limited to OU faculty, staff, and students)

Biographical Information on Vijay Seshadri from Contemporary Authors Online

Foy, John. “Drinking, Winking, Thinking.” Parnassus: Poetry in Review, 29.1-2 (2006), 389-405. (Last part of article is a review of Seshadri’s The Long Meadow.)

Seshadri, Vijay. “ Books, Rereading: Whitman’s Triumph [essay].” American Scholar, 71.1 (Winter 2002), 136-140.

Seshadri, Vijay. “Numerologies [essay].” American Scholar, 73.4 (Autumn 2004), 93-96.

Seshadri, Vijay. “ Which Side Are You On, Boys? [essay]” American Scholar, 70.2 (Spring 2001), 49-62.

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