Capildeo, Vahni

About Vahni Capildeo

Biography (Poetry Foundation)

Biography (Poetry International Archives)

Biography and Poetry Readings (The Poetry Archive)



Langdon, Jo. “Review Short: Vahni Capildeo’s Seas and Trees and Jennifer Harrison’s Air Variations.” Cordite Poetry Review, 5 Feb. 2019

Richardson, Graeme. "For Speak Read Seethe: A Ludic Poet who is Never Trivial." Times Literary Supplement, no. 6050, 2019

Ledgister, F.S. J. "Utter." Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 63, no. 2-3, 2017

Merritt, Amanda. “Measures of Expatriation by Vahni Capildeo.” The London Magazine, 11 May 2016

Parmar, Sandeep. “Measures of Expatriation by Vahni Capildeo Review – ‘Language is My Home’.” The Guardian, 19 Feb. 2016

Sheerman, Lucy. "Coast to Coast." PN Review, vol. 43, no. 1, 2016

Wood, Dawn. “Seas and Trees.” Dundee University Review of the Arts, undated



Estruch, Sarala. “Sarala Estruch Interviews Vahni Capildeo.” Estruch Notebook, 13 Dec. 2018

Parmar, Sandeep. “The Wolf Interview: Vahni Capildeo.” The Wolf, vol. 34, 2016 (PDF)

Sheikh, Zannab. "Interview with Vahni Capildeo." I Don't Call Myself a Poet, 15 Aug. 2012

Laughlin, Nicholas. "The Liberty of the Imagination." MaComère, vol. 13, no. 1-2, 2012

Measures of Expatriation with Vahni Capildeo - An Interview with the Forward Prize Winning Poet.” Just Landed, undated



Ravinthiran, Vidyan. "Myriad Minded." Poetry Magazine, vol. 216, no. 2, 2020

George, Dai. "Sin/tax: Grammar and Contemporary Poets of Colour." Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, vol. 12, no.1, 2020

Jenkins, Alan. "The Decade of Women." Times Literary Supplement, no. 6090, 2019

Noel-Tod, Jeremy. “’Immeasurable as One’: Vahni Capildeo’s Prose Poetics.” British Prose Poetry: The Poems without Lines, Monson (ed.), 2018



Poetry Collections

Odyssey Calling (2020)

Skin Can Hold (2019)

Seas and Trees (2018)

Venus as a Bear (2018)

Measures of Expatriation (2016)

Simple Complex Shapes (2015)

Utter (2013)

Dark and Unaccustomed Words (2011)

Undraining Sea (2009)

Person Animal Figure (2005)

No Traveller Returns (2003)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“Echoes from a Conference on Crisis.” PN Review, vol. 47, no. 1, 2020

“Odyssey Response.” PN Review, vol. 46, no. 4, 2020

“Letter from Trinidad.” PN Review, vol. 46, no. 6, 2020

“In Praise of Birds.” PN Review, vol. 46, no. 5, 2020

“‘Listen, Pops’: Desdemona Speaking.” PN Review, vol. 46, no. 4, 2020

“Of Pine Trees and Silence.” PN Review, vol. 46, no. 3, 2020

“Even You Song.” PN Review, vol. 46, no. 2, 2019

“Speaking Seahorse.” PN Review, vol. 46, no. 1, 2019

“Letter from Trinidad.” PN Review, vol. 45, no. 4, 2019

"Punishable Bodies: Poetry on the Offensive." Poetry Review, vol. 107, no. 2, 2017

Capildeo, Vahni, and Andre Bagoo. "Disappearing Houses." Wasafiri, vol. 28, no. 2, 2013

"A Brighter Sun: 'I Still Want to See How the Story Unfolds'-Conversations with a Novel." Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 20, no. 2, 2012