Vahni Capildeo is a British Trinidadian writer. After completing a DPhil in Old Norse and translation theory, she has worked in a number of roles, including: a lexicographer at the Oxford English Dictionary; Contributing Editor at the Caribbean Review of Books; an Information and Communications volunteer in the Trading Division at Oxfam Head Office; Senior Programme Officer at Commonwealth Writers; University teaching and research; and the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. She has a particular interest in boundaries between the human and the natural; multilingualism, memory, and the poetics of place. She was the first poet on tour for the Out of Bounds poetry project, which is creating a new, clickable and diverse digital poetry map of Britain. In 2015-16 she is combining travel with archival research, supported by the Harper-Wood Studentship (St. John's College, Cambridge). She has published five books and two pamphlets, of which the most recent are Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet; 2016) [shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Best Collection Prize); Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015); and Utter (Peepal Tree, 2013).