Caroline Bergvall & Geoffrey Chaucer
The Host Tale

illustration of Geoffrey Chaucer

Caroline Bergvall is a poet and text-based artist based in London, England. She was born in 1962 in Hamburg, Germany, and grew up in Geneva, Paris, New York, and Oslo. Her books include Eclat (Sound & Language, 1996), Goan Atom, and 1: Doll (Krupskaya, 2001). A selection has appeared in the Oxford Anthology of Modern British and Irish Poetry, ed. Keith Tuma (Oxford University Press, 2001).

Bergvall is widely featured in magazines and online in both in the US and Europe. She has developed audiotexts as well as collaborative performances and installations with artists in galleries and at festivals, including the sound-text installation "Say: 'Parsley'" at the Liverpool Biennial (2004). Other output includes: GONG (Belladonna, NY: 2004) and 8 Figs (Equipage, Cambridge: 2004), and Eclat redesigned as a pdf book for ubuweb. Her collection FIG (Goan Atom, 2) is due out with Salt in 2005. A recent CD, VIA, is published by Rock Drill.


Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 - 1400?) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury Tales. Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English language, rather than French or Latin.