Vahni Capildeo is Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at the University of Leeds. Her publications include Measures of Expatriation which won the 2016 Forward Poetry Prizes Best Collection award; Simple Complex Shapes, a sequence completed during the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellowship, University of Cambridge; and Utter inspired by her former job as a lexicographer at the Oxford English Dictionary. Her latest collection is Venus as a Bear (Carcanet, 2018). She enjoys cross-genre writing and interdisciplinary collaboration, and has created performances based on Shakespeare, Euripides, and Guyanese poet Martin Carter. She writes a regular column for PN Review.