Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo FRSL is a Trinidadian Scottish writer of poetry and non-fiction. Currently Professor and Writer in Residence at the University of York, their site-specific word and visual art includes responses to Cornwall’s former capital, Launceston, as the Causley Trust Poet in Residence (2022) and to the Ubatuba granite of the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds (2023), as well as to Scottish, Irish, and Caribbean built and natural environments. Their numerous books and pamphlets, from No Traveller Returns (Salt, 2003), Person Animal Figure (Landfill, 2005) onwards, are distinguished by deliberate engagement with independent and small presses. Their work has been recognized with the Cholmondeley Award (Society of Authors) and the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection. Their publications include Like a Tree, Walking (Carcanet, 2021) (Poetry Book Society Choice), and A Happiness (Intergraphia, 2022). Their interests include silence, translation theory, medieval reworkings, plurilingualism, collaborative work, and traditional masquerade. Recent commissions include research-based Windrush poems for Poet in the City and for the Royal Society of Literature. Capildeo served as a judge for the Jhalak Prize (2023).

Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo’s recording was made on 28 February 2013 at the Soundhouse, London, and the producer was Anne Rosenfeld.

Poems by Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo

Inhuman Triumphs - Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo
Four Departures from ‘Wulf and Eadwacer’ - Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo
On Not Writing As A West Indian Woman - Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo
To Sleep Possum to Dream - Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo
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longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for 'Dark & Unaccustomed Words'

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Forward Prize for best poetry collection for 'Measures of Expatriation

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