Shivanee Ramlochan is a Trinidadian writer, arts reporter and book blogger. Her first collection of poems, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting is published by Peepal Tree Press (2017) and has been shortlisted for the Forward Prizes (2018 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection). It was also a finalist for the 2018 People's Choice T&T Book of the Year.
Ramlochan is the deputy editor of The Caribbean Review of Books, the Book Review Editor for Caribbean Beat Magazine and is part of the team that runs the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the Anglophone Caribbean's largest literary festival. She also writes about books at her personal blog, Novel Niche with a special emphasis on close readings of Caribbean and queer literatures. Her UK appearance is part of a book tour produced by Renaissance One www.novelniche.net @novelniche
Shortlisted for The Forward Prizes 2018 (Best First Collection).
Shortlisted for the People’s Choice T&T Book of the Year 2018
“Welcome to a challenging, unforgettable and courageous new voice.” Olive Senior
“Ramlochan’s poetry slays whoever would force an ‘identity’ on it. It alchemizes the roles of grandmothers, abortionists, labourers, clerks, dancers, policemen, cousins, rapists into the greatest intensity of human.” Vahni Capildeo
“These poems crackle with soucouyant ire and the voices of duennes in stanzas so bewitching you will not want to look away” Rajiv Mohabir
“She has chosen to conduct her revolution on the page, and for that her readers are blessed.” Carol Quash, Trinidad and Tobago Newsday (22 July 2018)