BHANU KAPIL WINS T.S. ELIOT PRIZE
Posted on January 25 2021
We're delighted to announce that Bhanu Kapil has won the T.S. Eliot prize for poetry with How To Wash a Heart, which was also our PBS Summer Choice.
After months of reading and deliberation, Judges Lavinia Greenlaw, Mona Arshi and Andrew McMillan chose the winner from a shortlist which included an exciting mixture of established poets and relative newcomers.
Chair Lavinia Greenlaw said: ‘Our shortlist celebrated the ways in which poetry is responding to profound change, and the stylistic freedom that today’s poets have claimed. From this impressive field, we unanimously chose Bhanu Kapil’s How to Wash a Heart as our winner. It is a radical and arresting collection that recalibrates what it’s possible for poetry to achieve.’
Bhanu Kapil was born in England to Indian parents, and she grew up in a South Asian, working-class community in London. She lives in the UK and US where she spent 21 years at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She is the author of six books of poetry/prose: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), Schizophrene (Nightboat, 2011), Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat, 2015) and How to Wash a Heart (Pavilion Poetry 2020), her first collection to be published in the UK, which was a Poetry Book Society Choice.
You might also enjoy our PBS Summer Showcase for more readings and discussions with Bhanu Kapil about How to Wash A Heart.
PBS Members can order How to Wash a Heart with 25% off here.