Vahni Capildeo

Vahni Capildeo
Port of Spain, Trinidad
Notable work Measures of Expatriation (2016 Forward Prize for Poetry)


Surya Vahni Priya Capildeo (given birth to 1973) is a Trinidadian article writer, and an associate from the extended Capildeo family members which has produced notable Trinidadian politicians and authors (including V. S. Naipaul, a cousin of Capildeo’s, and Neil Bissoondath).

Delivered in 1973 in Interface of Spain, Vahni Capildeo provides lived in britain since 1991.She read British at Christ Cathedral, Oxford, and was subsequently awarded a Rhodes Scholarship or grant to pursue graduate work in Aged Norse and translation theory, also at Christ Cathedral/the Faculty of British Language and Books. This resulted in her DPhil, "Reading Egils saga Skallagrímssonar: saga, paratext, translations", honored in 2001.She intermitted from a study Fellowship at Girton University, Cambridge, in 2000–04 to be able to spend amount of time in Trinidad and Jamaica. This created No Traveller Comes back (Sodium, 2003), a book-length poem series seen as a a reviewer as "a discontinuous yoga on identification and self-awareness. They are merciless poems — mercilessly observant, mercilessly exact", and One Spread Skeleton, a nonfiction book around the palimpsestic character of place, memory space, and vocabulary that took its name from a poem from the Guyanese poet Martin Carter and techniques between your U.K., the Caribbean, and Iceland. Components from One Spread Skeleton have made an appearance in London: Town of Disappearances (ed. Iain Sinclair), Stand Publication, The Arts Journal (Guyana) as well as the Caribbean Overview of Books.Person Animal Body, a couple of 45 dramatic monologues in 3 voices but possibly a single personality, was published by Jeremy Noel-Tod's Landfill Press in 2005 ( Sea (completed 2005), another poetry collection, was published in '09 2009 from Nathan Hamilton's Norwich-based Eggbox Press. Described in a single review as "a wholly recommendable collection", it really is a three-section reserve that positively engages with William Carlos Williams's Paterson. This is implemented in 2012 by Dark and Unaccustomed Phrases (finished 2008), which took its name from George Puttenham's 16th-century Arte of Poesie. This is Puttenham's important term for arcane or international imports into British. The collection was longlisted for the OCM Bocas Award for Caribbean Books. The poems in Capildeo's 4th book usually do not overtly theorize about poetry but instead seek to show, for example, the sensation and range of certain elements of conversation (prepositions, adjectives), forms, voices, or behaviour. Privileges for both Eggbox books possess reverted to the writer.A 5th book, Utter, was posted by Peepal Tree Press in 2013. Critiquing the collection in The Caribbean Overview of Books, Vivek Narayanan published: "What we've here is not really a group of conceits, and even issues, but something and a mythos whole, one that is certainly sent to us with such constant and constant lyrical strength, both traditional and modern, that it could show up as fissures of lightning in the web page." David Caddy in the mag Tears in the Fence stated: "Reading Vahni Capildeo’s Utter ... can be an overall joy, displaying the number and registers that the very best of modern poetry should display more completely. Capildeo is certainly both Trinidadian and common."Simple Complex Designs, published by Tony Frazer's Shearsman Books in 2015, was written during Capildeo's period while the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellow in the Faculty of British, University or college of Cambridge. Jamie Osborn records that this function " could be used as a series of poems or one lengthy poem describing some plane tickets and falls as soon as of an impression at night through each day or times, a tangle of your time, back to a dreaming rest."Capildeo spent some time working at Oxfam HQ as well as for the Oxford Sexual Misuse and Rape Problems Centre like a volunteer and a volunteer trainer; for the Oxford British Dictionary; and she's taught in the Colleges of Leeds (2009), Greenwich (2009), Sheffield (2009–10), Kingston upon Thames (2010–11), and Glasgow (2012–13). She actually is a Adding Editor on the Caribbean Overview of Books (edited by Nicholas Laughlin). She was area of the group of Commonwealth Authors, the cultural effort from the Commonwealth Base, in 2013–14. She's been appointed towards the 2014 Judith E. Wilson Going to Fellowship in Poetry on the School of Cambridge.In 2014 Capildeo served being a judge for the Forward Prize and earned the Forward Prize for Poetry for Best Collection in 2016.


In 2016, Capildeo became the 3rd Caribbean poet within a row — after Jamaican-born poets Kei Miller and Claudia Rankine — to win the Forward Prize for best poetry collection, with Measures of Expatriation. The Seat of the Forwards jury, Malika Booker, stated: "Vahni Capildeo’s Way of measuring Expatriation is definitely a function that amazes. We discovered a vertiginous exhilaration in the manner where the publication grasps its subject matter: the feeling of under no circumstances quite coming to home. That is poetry that transforms. When people in the foreseeable future seek to learn what it's prefer to live between locations, traditions, practices and cultures, they'll read this. This is actually the vocabulary for what expatriation feels as though."


No Traveller Earnings. Salt Posting, 2003. ISBN 978-1876857882 Person Pet Physique. Landfill Press, 2005. Undraining Ocean. Egg Box Posting, 2009. ISBN 978-0955939907 Dark and Unaccustomed Terms, Egg Box Posting, 2012. ISBN 978-0956928917 Utter. Peepal Tree Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1845232139 Basic Complex Designs. Shearsman Books, 2015. ISBN 9781848614512 Steps of Expatriation, Carcanet Press, January 2016. ISBN 978-1784101688