Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Moniza Alvi
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Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan and grew up in Hertfordshire. After working for many years as a secondary school teacher in London, she is now a freelance writer and tutor and lives in Wymondham, Norfolk.


Homesick for the Earth, versions of Jules Supervielle (Bloodaxe, 2011)

Europa (Bloodaxe, 2008) Poetry Book Society Choice

Split World: Poems 1990-2005 (Bloodaxe, 2008)

How the Stone Found its Voice (Bloodaxe, 2005)

Souls (Bloodaxe,2002)

Carrying My Wife (Bloodaxe,2000)

A Bowl of Warm Air (Oxford University Press, 1996)

The Country at My Shoulder (Oxford University Press, 1993)

Peacock Luggage (Smith/Doorstop, 1992)

Prizes and awards

TS Eliot prize 2008 shortlist

Cholmondeley Award 2002

TS Eliot prize 1993 shortlist

Whitbread Award 1993 shortlist

“Her voice is spare, oblique, surreal, compassionate and original. She has unique insight into splits, both emotional and cultural: “The receding east, the receding west”, as she laconically puts it. At the end of Split World, a selection from all her books, are the poems with which she became the first, and so far as I know the only, poet to explore sustainedly what 9/11 has meant to Muslims living in Europe.” Ruth Padel, The Guardian, May 2008

Poet’s website


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