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Professor Bhanu Kapil 

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Bhanu Kapil writes poetry and fiction. In 2020, she won a Windham Campbell Prize for Poetry (Yale University), and a Cholmondeley Award, also for poetry (Society of Authors, UK). In 2021, her most recent book, How To Wash A Heart, a Poetry Book Society Choice in 2020, won the T.S. Eliot Prize.

Selected Publications

Bhanu Kapil is the author of six full length collections of poetry/prose: How To Wash A Heart (Pavilion Poetry, Liverpool University Press, 2020), Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat Books, 2016), Schizophrene (Nightboat Books, 2011), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), Incubation: a Space for Monsters (Leon Works, 2006; forthcoming in a new edition from Kelsey Street Press, 2021), and The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001).

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01 October 2019 – 30 September 2021