Bhanu Kapil, Vahni Capildeo, and Penny Boxall have been engaged in collecting fragments from the perimeter of an archive, contemplating the appeal of a literal hermitage for modern writers in the age of Zoom, and translating French texts into badly behaved English. Their readings will draw from this new work and light up a path into writing at York in the New Year.
Bhanu Kapil is an artist by-fellow at Churchill College, and the author of six books of poetry, most recently How To Wash A Heart from Pavilion Poetry. In 2020, she won the Windham Campbell Prize for Poetry from Yale University. Currently, she is writing a novel by hand, in an orchard that was once the back garden of the house, 76 Storey's Way, where Ludwig Wittgenstein died.
Vahni Capildeo is Writer in Residence at the University of York and Contributing Editor at PN Review. Recent work includes Skin Can Hold (Carcanet, 2019), Odyssey Calling (Sad Press, 2020) and Light Site (Periplum, 2020). Capildeo's current research is on silence; their creative work continues to be concerned with plurilingualism, place, and performance.
Penny Boxall won the 2016 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award with Ship of the Line. Who Goes There? followed (Valley Press, 2018). In 2020 In Praise of Hands, a collaboration with artist Naoko Matsubara, was published by the Ashmolean. Penny is RLF Writing Fellow at the University of York, and in 2019 was Visiting Fellow in the Creative Arts at Merton College, Oxford.