Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Vahni Capildeo
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Vahni Capildeo was born in 1973 in Port of Spain, and came to England from Trinidad as a student in 1991. After completing a DPhil in Old Norse at Oxford University, she held a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge.



Dark and Unaccustomed Words (Eggbox, forthcoming)

The Undraining Sea (Eggbox, 2009)

Person Animal Figure (Landfill, 2005)

No Traveller Returns (Salt Publishing, 2001)

The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse (eds. Stewart Brown and Mark McWatt, OUP, 2005)

In the Telling (eds. Gail Ashton and Susan Richardson, Cinnamon, 2009)

Identity Parade (ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2009).


Work in Other Genres

Contributing Editor/UK agent and representative, Caribbean Review of Books.


Review/blurb: “Enchanted, it would seem, by the magic and mists of ancient texts, Vahni Capildeo’s prose poems weave modern spells over language, often through an intertwining of voices, which are distinct both in character and rhythm. The voices are consciousnesses more than characters, a subtlety that allows her narrator to lay out emotional traits as monsters (in the ‘Monster Scrapbook’ sequence in No Traveller Returns) and animals (in the prose poem for three voices, Person Animal Figure). Sometimes it takes a creature of the imagination to honestly portray what it feels to be human.” Nikki Santilli, Poetry International Web


Vahni Capildeo’s Website


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