Vahni Capildeo born in Trinidad, 1973 came to England in 1991 to study English and then Old Norse. She has worked at Girton College, Cambridge and at the Oxford English Dictionary, and currently is a contributing editor at the Caribbean Review of Books. She has returned often to Trinidad and spent time in Iceland. Books: No Traveller Returns (Salt, 2003); Person Animal Figure (Landfill, 2005); The Undraining Sea (looking for a home). Her poems and prose have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Agenda, Oxford Magazine, Poetry Salzburg, Poetry Wales, Sentence, Stand, Tears in the Fence, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse, London: City of Disappearances (ed. Iain Sinclair) and Trinidad Noir (Akashic, forthcoming 2008).
Pascale Petit, a renowned poet, she has published four prize-winning poetry collections and was twice shortlisted for TS Eliot Prize. Pascale Petit’s last two collections, The Zoo Father and The Huntress, were both shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize. A poem from The Zoo Father was also shortlisted for the Forward prize for best individual poem. A Next Generation Poet, she has been Poetry Editor of Poetry London and tutors at Oxford University and Middlesex University where she is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
Saradha Soobrayen received an Eric Gregory Award in 2004. Her poems are published in Wasafiri, Poetry Review, and in the anthologies This Little Stretch of Life (HearingEye), I am twenty people! (Enitharmon), New Writing 15 (Granta/The British Council 2007), New Poetries IV, (Carcanet) and the 2007 Oxford Poets Anthology (Carcanet). Her short fiction appears in Kin: New Fiction by Black and Asian Women. (Serpents’ Tail, 2003) Saradha facilitates poetry workshops, mentoring and professional development for writers.
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