Application deadline: 30. October 2023
Final selection: 15. November 2023
Start of the residence: 27. November 2023
End of the residence: 15. December 2023
Start of the residence: 15. January 2024
End of the residence: 31. January 2024
Poets in Residence 2023-24
Poets in Residence 2018-19 and 2019-20
the residency has an excellent setting and location for a writer and I've been very pleasantly surprised by Kolkata altogether. - Margus Lattik
It’s a chair and it’s a cradle: it dangles. It’s not a throne; from there you don’t have the power to change the world. But, in a certain way, you can do it.
From this cradle chair, you can come back to the beginning of your life and to the beginning of the world, to that original sound that creates everything. Each time that we write, each time that we give birth to anything, we come back to that origin. We just listen and host that vibration.
Near the chair there are three knights, three warriors: a small community that defends and guards the cradle chair, the possibility of creating in this world. Because beauty has to be preserved and kept alive, fighting.
In this childhood that I’m re-experiencing here, thanks to this residency, I have discovered that in English there is just one letter dividing “world” from “word”. And there is a truth in this: words are worlds that you can create and in which you can live, and the world is created by a word.
As Marina Tsvetaeva wrote, poets will always be strangers, bearing the traces of exile. The real home of a poet is language.
I have always had the feeling of being a passenger in this life and in this body. (......) These days in Kolkata are teaching me much, and changing me much. They will leave deep traces.
- Franca Marcinelli