“I like simplicity. I lack simplicity.”

Karan Kapoor prefers pencils over pens. He spent the first four years of his writing life swirling pencils in his fingers while working on a novel with his best friend. It's called The Dreaming Reality and was published in 2018. It has since received a lot of love.

After that, he spent a year and a half working on a novelette, Maya.


That's when he got into poetry. He tries to observe life and extract sense out of its meaninglessness. His time is consumed by putting those observations on paper. His poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Rattle, Atticus Review, The Indian Quarterly, The Bombay Literary Magazine, Scroll, and elsewhere. He has recently won the Red Wheelbarrow Prize and shortlisted for multiple other prizes.

He is currently working on two full-length poetry collections. The first one revolves around themes of grief, sickness, and death. His grandmother inspired it. He's titled it Dida. The second one is called Portrait of an Alcoholic as a Father which is a profile of his father, but in poetry. He hopes the title makes it obvious what it is about. He is also working on a chapbook titled Lessons in Archeology.

When not writing, he is obsessing over classical music or the authors he worships. It's a cause for concern that he spends far more time reading than he does writing; it's appallingly disproportionate.

For the purpose of this bio, he's thinking of other hobbies, etc., but if he is to be honest, he doesn't know how to do much else.

He lives in a noisy apartment with his parents in New Delhi. Having finished his MA in Literary Art Creative Writing from Ambedkar University, he wants to continue to live a life devoted to music and literature.

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