Vahni Capildeo (born 1973, Trinidad), moved to England in 1991 to read English at Christ Church, Oxford; completing a DPhil in Old Norse and translation theory overlapped with a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge.
Her parents Devendranath (a poet) and Leila (who studied French and Philosophy) influenced her writing, which crosses genres, moving from dreamlike to satirical, mixing languages and landscapes: the Caribbean; Yorkshire; Scotland; Iceland; Ireland; India.
Her books include No Traveller Returns (Salt, 2003), Utter (Peepal Tree, 2013), Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015) and Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016). She also writes prose and collaborates on performances.
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Measures of Expatriation, 2016, Carcanet
Simple Complex Shapes, 2015, Shearsman
Utter; 2013, Peepal Tree
Dark & Unaccustomed Words, 2012, Eggbox
Utter, 2009, Eggbox
Person Animal Figure, 2005, Landfill
No Traveller Returns, 2003, Salt
Commissions & Articles
A new commission by Vahni Capildeo as part of the 'Crossing Borders' series.
Poetry as a space of active silence