Poetry &

Moniza Alvi

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Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan and grew up in Hertfordshire. She was co-winner of the Poetry Business Prize in 1991. Her first collection The Country at My Shoulder (OUP, 1993) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Whitbread prizes, and was selected for the New Generation Poets promotion. A Bowl of Warm Air (OUP, 1996) was featured in the Independent on Sunday's 'Books of the Year'. Carrying My Wife (Bloodaxe Books, 2000) was a Poetry Book Society recommendation.

Her third collection, Carrying My Wife first appeared in an edition also including The Country at My Shoulder and A Bowl of Warm Air. She reads poems from all three collections on The Poetry Quartets 6 (The British Council / Bloodaxe Books, 2000), a double-cassettte shared with Michael Donaghy, Anne Stevenson and George Szirtes. Moniza Alvi's latest collections are Souls (Bloodaxe Books, 2002) and How the Stone Found its Voice (Bloodaxe Books, 2005). She received a Cholmondley Award in 2002. A book of her poems translated into Dutch was published in Holland by Wagner & Jan Santen in 2003.

After a long career as a secondary school teacher, she now lives in south west London with her husband and yound daughter. Moniza Alvi is a tutor for the Poetry School. In 2002-04 she was a trainee at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation studying counselling and group analysis. She is a trustee of Survivor's Poetry and a Fellow of the English Association.