|Born||Kandy, Sri Lanka|
|Occupation||Poet, Lecturer in English|
|Period||2007 to present|
|Notable works||Nothing Prepares You, Stitch Your Eyelids Shut|
Born in Kandy, Sri Lanka of Belgian and Sinhala ancestry, Vanderpoorten grew up in Kurunegala. She holds a PhD from the University of Ulster, UK, and is currently a senior lecturer in English language, literature and linguistics at the Open University of Sri Lanka.
Vanderpoorten's first book, Nothing Prepares You, was published in 2007 by Zeus Publishers. Her second collection of poems, Stitch Your Eyelids Shut (2010) addresses issues that include feminism and the aftermath of Sri Lanka's Civil War. Vivimarie made an appearance at the Galle Literary Festival 2011, where she read poetry about her reaction to the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge.
Her poetry has been called "gentle, reflective minimalism which touches the soul" by Dr. Sinharaja Tammita-Delgoda, the chairman of the panel of judges who awarded her the Gratiaen Prize
Awards and honours
Her first book Nothing Prepares You was awarded the 2007 Gratiaen Prize and the 2009 SAARC Poetry Award.  She won the State Literary Award for English poetry (sharing the award with another Sri Lankan poet, Ramya Chamalie Jirasinghe) in October 2011. Her third collection of poems, in manuscript form was shortlisted for the 2016 Gratiaen Prize
Her work has been translated into Sinhalese, Spanish and Swedish, and published in India, Bangladesh, Mexico, Sweden and the UK, as well as in online journals such as sugar mule and the open access journal 'postcolonial text'.
- The Gratiaen Trust "2007 Winner", accessed January 27, 2011.
- The Sunday Times "What you see is what you get with Vivimarie", accessed January 27, 2011.
- The Nation "Vivimarie Vanderpoorten - Ode to a free spirit", accessed January 29, 2011.
- The Sunday Times "Vivimarie’s power of making the word her own", accessed January 28, 2011.
- BBC News "Sri Lanka literary festival discusses journalist's plight", accessed January 31, 2011.
- Sunday Leader "Poetry Corner Vivimarie Vander Poorten", accessed September 3, 2016.