Hi! My name is Caroline Am Bergris and I’m a poet who is half Colombian and half Pakistani. I’ve been published in Europe and America in various journals and have won the Over The Edge poetry prize in Ireland and Eyewear’s competition to be included in an anthology of the best British and Irish poets. I also won a place to be mentored by Cinnamon Press for a year and have attended Faber & Faber’s advanced Poetry Salon.
I am physically and mentally disabled and mainly suffer with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression and psychosis. I was in a coma after a suicide attempt, have spent three months living on the streets of London in winter and ten months sectioned in mental hospitals. I also had to flee to a domestic violence refuge in fear of my life. These experiences have informed my writing greatly – I write about pain and the beauty that can sometimes transcend it, and hope that my hard-earned clarity sings.
I have been a church organist, a mediator, a PhD theology student, a stand-up comic and a teacher of social sciences to medical students, among many other things, and am now a loose member of the Pitshanger Poets in West London, where I live. We meet in Questors Theatre, and the only problem with the fine, cheap bar in it is that it closes at 10.30pm!