Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Vahni Capildeo - 'Conversations for a Lifetime in Twenty Minutes and Under'

Vahni Capildeo (Trinidad; UK) is a Contributing Editor for the Caribbean Review of Books. After a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge, Capildeo’s sense
of the living language was deepened forever by her time in the offices of the Oxford
English Dictionary. She is glad of an enduring connexion with the North of England,
following stints at the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds. Capildeo has since worked
as a volunteer in Oxfam Head Office and a Lecturer at the University of Kingston-
upon-Thames. Her poetry and prose has been widely anthologized, most recently in
Identity Parade (Bloodaxe) and Trinidad Noir (Akashic). Current influences include
India’s Almost Island and collaboration with Trinidad-based artist/urban observer
Andre Bagoo. Her forthcoming book, Dark & Unaccustomed Words is the most 
lyrical and playful part of a three-part project exploring the boundaries of the 
human and the natural, and the oceanic or musical possibilities of poetic form. 
No Traveller Returns (Salt, 2003) is an oblique autobiography, where voices 
and places, past and present, are layered with a shinethrough effect. 
Person Animal Figure (Landfill, 2005), a shapeshifting
dramatic monologue, is at the heart of Undraining Sea (Egg Box, 2009; 
Forward Prize Highly Commended poem).


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