The Salem State Writers Series presents Kirun Kapur and Mark Vanhoenacker on November 6 in Veterans Hall at Ellison Campus Center on Salem State University’s North Campus.
Kirun Kapur’s first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist (Elixir Press, 2015), was awarded the Antivenom Poetry Award and the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize for Poetry. These intense, beautiful poems ricochet from Partition-era India to Biblical pastorals, from American bars to the battlefield of the Bhagavad-Gita. Kapur has lived and worked in North America and South Asia. Her first job as a writer was for India’s groundbreaking feminist magazine Manushi and from there her travels took her through Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, FIELD, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Massachusetts Review, The Christian Science Monitor and many other journals and news outlets. In 2015, NBC News named her to their list of Asian-American Poets to Watch. She is the poetry editor for The Drum Literary Magazine.
Mark Vanhoenacker is a pilot and a writer. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Slate, he has also written for Wired, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Independent. His first book, Skyfaring: A Journey With a Pilot (2015), is a poetic exploration of the human experience of flight. Half-meditation, half-travelogue Skyfaring reminds the reader that flight and its associated journeys is a miracle of physics filled with the capacity to amaze. His second book, How to Land a Plane, will be published in fall 2017. Vanhoenacker is a Senior First Officer for British Airways, flying Boeing 747s.
Admission is free and open to the public.