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Bhanu Kapil

Subject Poetry
Fellow type By-Fellows
Year started 2019


Bhanu Kapil is a British poet who has lived, for the last twenty-one years, in the U.S., where she taught poetry, fiction, performance and multi-disciplinary seminars at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She has also taught part-time for Goddard College for many years. More recently, her creative practice has expanded to include performance, improvised works, installation and ritual. During her year at the University of Cambridge, she hopes to complete a succession of experimental works derived from poetry and mud experiments articulated in the Judith E. Wilson drama studio (and, weather permitting, on local riverbanks.)

Selected Publications

Bhanu Kapil is the author of six full length collections of poetry/prose: How To Wash A Heart (Pavillion Poetry, Liverpool University Press, forthcoming Spring 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, 2019), and The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001).
She also maintains a poetry blog, The Vortex of
Formidable Sparkles.