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Literature Live: Vahni Capildeo, Anthony Caleshu and Peter Gizzi

03 Mar 2020

6.30pm, Monday 9 March at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation


Please be aware this event will run at 6.30pm in the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and will be hosted by Carcanet. It will mark the launch of Carcanet’s edition of Gizzi’s work, Sky Burial: New and Selected Poems.

Vahni Capildeo is a Trinidadian Scottish writer inspired by other voices, ranging from live Caribbean Connexions and an Indian diaspora background to the landscapes where Capildeo travels and lives. Their poetry (seven books and four pamphlets) includes Measures of Expatriation, awarded the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2016, and in 2019, Skin Can Hold. Following a DPhil in Old Norse literature, Capildeo has worked in academia; in culture for development, with Commonwealth Writers; and as an Oxford English Dictionary lexicographer. Capildeo held the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellowship and Harper-Wood Studentship at Cambridge, and more recently a Douglas Caster Cultural Fellowship at the University of Leeds.

Anthony Caleshu is the author of four poetry books, most recently A Dynamic Exchange Between Us (Shearsman, 2019). His poems have appeared widely in journals on both sides of the Atlantic including Granta, TLS, Poetry Ireland Review, Narrative, and Boston Review (as winner of the Boston Review Poetry Prize). In addition to new poetry, he is working on a novel and a collection of stories (see ‘Miranda July’ online in The Manchester Review). Born in the US, he moved to Ireland in the mid-90s and has been living in South West England for almost 20 years, where he is Professor of Poetry and Programme Manager of the MA Creative Writing at The University of Plymouth. He is publisher and editor of the small poetry press, Periplum.

Peter Gizzi is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently, Archeophonics (Finalist for 2016 The National Book Award), In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011, and Threshold Songs. Two books are forthcoming in 2020, a new collection, Now It’s Dark, in the US, and an overview volume in the UK, Sky Burial: New & Selected Poems (Carcanet). His honours include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets, and fellowships in poetry from The Rex Foundation, The Howard Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He has twice been the recipient of The Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellowship in Poetry at the University of Cambridge. He works at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Presented in partnership with Creative Manchester.

To book please visit or telephone the Martin Harris Centre box office on 0161 275 8951.