Vahni Capildeo...


Vahni Capildeo (b. Trinidad,1973) has lived in the UK since 1991. Completing a doctorate in Old Norse literature (Oxford, 2001) and holding a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge, she has worked at the Oxford English Dictionary and as a crisis centre volunteer. She is a Contributing Editor and the UK agent and representative for the Caribbean Review of Books.

She is also a Contributing Advisor to Black Box Manifold, the University of Sheffield e-zine, and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Indo-Caribbean Studies. She held a Teaching Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of Leeds (spring semester 2009).

Her poetry includes: books – No Traveller Returns (Salt, 2003), Person Animal Figure (Landfill, 2005), Undraining Sea (Egg Box, 2009), Dark & Unaccustomed Words (Egg Box, due 2010), Utter (in progress); anthologies – The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse (OUP, 2005), In the Telling (Cinnamon, 2009), Identity Parade (Bloodaxe, due 2009).

Capildeo also has a strong interest in prose writing, particularly non-fiction. Her prose has appeared variously online and in print, in Iain Sinclair’s London: City of Disappearances (Penguin, 2006), Jeanne Mason and Lisa Allen-Agostini’s Trinidad Noir (Akashic, 2008), and Chuma Nwokolo’s online Journal of African Writing. Current projects include facilitating a ‘South-South’ exchange between innovatory and progressive writers, initially from India and Trinidad.

A poem from Undraining Sea, ('From First to Last...') has been Highly Commended in the Forward Poetry Prize, 2009, and will be separately included in the Prize collection which will be released during Poetry Week in October.