Bhanu Kapil

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Bhanu Kapil (born 1968) is a British-Indian writer who currently resides in Colorado. She teaches at Naropa University and as part of Goddard College's low-residency MFA program.[1] She is the author of a number of books, including The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (2001), Incubation: A Space for Monsters (2006), and Ban en Banlieue (2015).

Career[edit]

Kapil's first book, The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, was written in the late 1990s and was submitted to Kelsey Street Press by a friend of hers. Khapil has noted that "Left to my own devices, the whole manuscript would be . . . trash. A kind of note-taking never made public."[2] From an early age, she had an interest in becoming a writer, and cited Salman Rushdie's 1980 Booker Prize win as a formative experience for her: "...perhaps then, for the first time, I understood that someone like me: could. Could look like me and write.".[3] In early 2015, The Believer held a round-table discussion of Bhanu Kapil's work over the course of three days, featuring writers like Kate Zambreno and Sofia Samatar.[4]

Kapil's work can be difficult to classify, occupying a space between poetry and fiction. 2009's Humanimal: A Project for Future Children took its inspiration from the nonfiction account of Amala and Kamala, two girls found "living with wolves in colonial Bengal."[5] Douglas A. Martin has described Incubation: A Space For Monsters as "a feminist, post-colonial On the Road."[6] Kapil also contributed the introduction to Amina Cain's short story collection I Go To Some Hollow.[7] Kapil's creative work also encompasses performance art and her public readings sometimes blur the line between the traditional poetry reading and performance.[8] Her poetry appeared in a collection edited by Brian Droitcour that was produced as part of the New Museum's 2015 Triennial.[9]

Incubation: A Space for Monsters was a Small Press Distribution best-seller.[10] Ban en Banlieue was named as one of Time Out New York's most anticipated books of early 2015[11]

Works[edit]

  • The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, Kelsey Street Press, 2001, ISBN 9780932716569
  • Incubation: A Space for Monsters, Leon Works, 2006, ISBN 9780976582021
  • Humanimal: A Project for Future Children, Kelsey Street Press, 2009, ISBN 9780932716705
  • Schizophrene, Nightboat Books, 2011, ISBN 9780984459865
  • Ban en Banlieue, Nightboat Books, 2015, ISBN 9781937658243

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bhanu Kapil". Poetry Foundation.
  2. ^ Sanders, Katherine (September 22, 2011). "Bhanu Kapil". BOMB Magazine.
  3. ^ Saifi, Rowland (April 18, 2012). "Unfold is the wrong word: An Interview with Bhanu Kapil". HTML Giant.
  4. ^ "Reading Bhanu Kapil: Day 1: In Conversation". The Believer. February 18, 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  5. ^ Luczajko, Stephanie. "An Interview with Bhanu Kapil". Tinge Magazine.
  6. ^ "Reading Bhanu Kapil". The Believer. February 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "I Go To Some Hollow". Les Figues Press.
  8. ^ "Reading Bhanu Kapil: Day 3: Collectively Reading Bhanu Kapil's Ban en Banlieue". The Believer. February 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "2015 TRIENNIAL: SURROUND AUDIENCE". New Museum.
  10. ^ Garner, Dwight (July 20, 2008). "TBR: Inside the List". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Gilbert, Tiffany (December 28, 2015). "The Most Anticipated Books of Early 2015". Time Out New York.

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