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November 09, 2021
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Bhanu Kapil in Conversation

In cooperation with the University of Chicago and The University of Hong Kong, HKILF is delighted to present Bhanu Kapil, winner of the 2020 T.S.Eliot poetry prize for her work, How to Wash a Heart. A poet and fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, she is the author of six books and the recipient of a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors and a Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry from Yale University. Tonight she will read a selection of her work and answer questions from the Hong Kong audience. Kapil’s poetry is a “mode of interrogation that is both rigorous, compassionate, surreal, comic, painful and tender.”  In How to Wash a Heart, which depicts the difficult relationships between an immigrant and their citizen host, Kapil asks about “the limits of inclusion, hospitality and care.”  Moderated by Hong Kong based poet, Collier Nogues, the session will highlight the ways in which Kapil’s poetry opens up for examination of some of the most pressing issues of our day.   

This event is supported by the University of Chicago and the University of Hong Kong.

Authors will appear virtually.

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Bhanu Kapil is a poet and Fellow of Churchill College. She is the author of How To Wash A Heart (Pavilion Poetry), winner of the TS Eliot Prize.

Collier Nogues is Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong. Her poetry collections are The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground (Drunken Boat, 2015) and On the Other Side, Blue (Four Way, 2011).