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Feb. 8: Award-winning poet to present book

FREDERICK, Md.—An award-winning poet will give a reading Feb. 8 as part of Hood College’s “Narrative at the Edge of the World” colloquium series.

Kirun Kapur will present poems from her book, “Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist,” at 6 p.m. in the Marx Center. She was awarded the Antivenom Poetry Award for the book, an award sponsored by Elixir Press for a first or second book of poetry.

Kapur is also the winner of the “Arts and Letters” Rumi Prize in Poetry, which comes with publication in the “Arts and Letters” literary magazine. Her work has appeared in “AGNI,” “Poetry International,” “FIELD,” “Prairie Schooner,” “Christian Science Monitor,” and many other journals. She has taught creative writing at Boston University and at Brandeis University. During the 2016-17 academic year, she is a visiting writer at Amherst College. Kapur has been awarded fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Vermont Studio Center and MacDowell Colony. She is the director of the New England arts program, “The Tannery Series,” and serves as poetry editor at “The Drum Literary Magazine.” She was recently named an “Asian-American Poet to Watch” by NBC news.

All colloquium events are free and open to the public. The event is funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant. For more information, contact Aaron Angello at or visit