Caroline Bergvall

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Caroline Bergvall
Born 1962
Citizenship United Kingdom

Caroline Bergvall (born 1962) is a poet of French-Norwegian nationalities who has lived in England since 1989.


She was born in Hamburg.[1] She graduated from the Université de Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle, from University of Warwick, and from Plymouth University. She was Director of Performance Writing at Darlington College of Arts, from 1994 to 2000.[2] She taught at Cardiff University and Bard College.[3]

Bergvall has developed audio texts and collaborative performances with sound artists in Europe and North America; her critical work is largely concerned with emerging forms of writing, plurilingual poetry, and mixed media writing practices, also Performance Writing. Her work often explores archaic versions of languages. A review of 2011's Meddle English: New and Selected Texts in The Brooklyn Rail noted that her essay "Middling English" urges readers and writers working with English to "excavate its fractured and fractious history." [4]

She wrote FIG (Goan Atom 2), poetic and performance pieces (Salt Books, 2005). Installations with Ciaran Maher include Lidl Suga for TEXT Festival (2005) and Say: "Parsley" at Liverpool Biennial (2004). Her installation Drift appeared at New York City's Callicoon Fine Arts in 2015.[5] Bergvall's work has also been shown at Dia Art Foundation, Museum of Modern Art, the Serpentine Galleries, Tate Modern, and the Hammer Museum.[2]



  1. ^ "Caroline Bergvall". Academy of American Poets. 
  2. ^ a b Kinnahan, Linda A. (November 2011). "An interview with Caroline Bergvall". Contemporary Women's Writing, special issue: New texts, approaches, and technologies (Oxford Journals) 5 (3): 232–251. doi:10.1093/cww/vpr019. 
  3. ^ "Caroline Bergvall". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Leong, Michael (July 11, 2011). "Echo’s Accent". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  5. ^ Schwendener, Martha (January 22, 2015). "People and Language, All at Sea: Caroline Bergvall’s ‘Drift,’ at Callicoon". The New York Times. 

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