Last month poet Bhanu Kapil and the director of the MFA program, Jeff Lockwood, as well as two of the graduate students, Erin Jones (2cd year, non-fiction) and Randall Tyrone (1st year, poetry), boarded the University’s private jet to fly to Jackson, Wyoming, where Kapil had a reading at the Teton County Public Library. Kapil read from her new book Ban en Banlieue, which begins with a brown girl walking home from school during a riot in 1979 London. The book explores both civic and somatic themes.
Regarding Kapil’s craft talk and reading in Jackson, Randall said, “when I heard Bhanu’s craft talk and saw her performance I was forced to reevaluate and then redefine my understanding of trauma. It can be a catalyst that changes a person into another just so that they may survive in their environment, otherwise the trauma can scar generations.”
The group stayed overnight in plush lodges and had the pleasure of enjoying the city’s dining before they flew back to Laramie the next day (not going to lie, really jealous of the massive cinnamon rolls they were eating for breakfast and which one of my peers decided to send me a picture of…. -_-).
Bhanu Kapil is the Eminent Writer-in-Residence at the University of Wyoming Masters in Fine Arts program this spring. Kapil comes to Wyoming from Colorado where she teaches at the Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She also teaches at the low-residency MFA program at Goddard College. At the University of Wyoming, Kapil is leading the graduate workshop in poetry where students are writing around the theme of “monsters.”