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 Black Spring Press’ 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’ve signed with Marble Poetry to be published in book form in 2021.
I am physically and mentally disabled and mainly suffer with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, anxiety, bipolar and psychosis, which often leave me unable to read, write or have a conversation and make it difficult for me to move. I was in a coma after a suicide attempt, have spent three months living on the streets of London in winter and nearly a year 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 – one of the things I write about is pain and the beauty that can sometimes transcend it. I hope that my hard-earned clarity sings.
I have been a church organist, a mediator, a PhD anthropology student, a teacher of anger management to offenders, a stand-up comic, a theatre musical director and a teacher of Medicine in Society to medical students, among many other things.
Going out in the cold, wind and rain is risky for me, but riskier still is playing poker, backgammon and scrabble for money when you have trouble concentrating..!