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Vahni Capildeo

Vahni Capildeo

2021 OCM Bocas Prize Judge, Chief Judge
Trinidad & Tobago, UK


Vahni Capildeo FRSL is Writer in Residence at the University of York. Their poetry and non-fiction is informed by the plurality of voice, time, and place in lived experience. Recent publications are Skin Can Hold(Carcanet, 2019), which offers interactive texts for readers to bring to life, with a central response to Martin Carter; Odyssey Calling (Sad Press, 2020) which deals with migrations of the animate and inanimate, and Light Site (Periplum Poetry, 2020), ‘expanded translations’ including sixteenth-century French love poetry translated into calypso, with a cover design by the renowned Andre Bagoo. They have received the Cholmondeley Award (Society of Authors); the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection for Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016); the Judith E. Wilson Fellowship and Harper-Wood Studentship (University of Cambridge); a Douglas Caster Cultural Fellowship (University of Leeds), and a UNESCO Poetry Fellowship (University of East Anglia).


2016 Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection Winner

Years Attended

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021
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