Vahni Capildeo enjoys cross-genre and multilingual writing. She is concerned with themes of layered memory, landscape, and deep or oblique connection. Measures of Expatriation, her fifth book of poems, won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection. Venus as a Bear is forthcoming in 2018. Her fourth pamphlet, Seas and Trees, appeared with IPSI (Canberra) in September 2017. She serves as judge for a number of poetry prizes. Capildeo’s collaborative performances have been inspired by Euripides, Shakespeare, and the revolutionary Guyanese poet Martin Carter, among others. Currently she is working on French and English material for the AHRC project ‘Expanded Translation’, and on further collaborative performances. Vahni is the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Poetry at the University of Leeds.
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