With Star Black, David Lehman is co-founder of Monday Night pPoetry at KGB Bar. The duo ran the series for its first seven years. Lehman, who has taught in the New School’s MFA program since its inception, is the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry, the series editor of The Best American Poetry, and the author of eight poetry books including The Daily Mirror (2000), When a Woman Loves a Man (2005), and Yeshiva Boys (2009). A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, the most recent of his six books of prose, won the 2010 Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers).
Vijay Seshadri was born in India and came to the United States in 1959, at the age of five. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and has lived in many parts of the country, including the Northwest, where he spent five years working in the fishing industry, and the Upper West Side, where he was a sometime graduate student in Columbia’s Ph.D. program in Middle Eastern Languages and Literature. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in AGNI, Antaeus, Boulevard, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Shenandoah, The Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, Verse, and Western Humanities Review. A collection of his poetry, Wild Kingdom, was published in the spring of 1996 by Graywolf Press.