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Candace Williams is a black queer nerd living a double life. By day, they’re a middle school English teacher. By night, they’re a poet. Their chapbook, Spells for Black Wizards, was a 2017 TAR Chapbook Series winner and published by the Atlas Review. The Dark Diary (formerly futureblack), their first full-length poetry manuscript, was a 2018 National Poetry Series finalist and is forthcoming from Grieveland.
Candace Williams is a black queer nerd living a double life. By day, they are a middle school English teacher. By night, they are a poet. Candace's first chapbook, Spells for Black Wizards (The Atlas Review), is a winner of the TAR Chapbook Series, and sold out of its first print run on the day of its launch. The Dark Diary (formerly futureblack), their first full-length poetry manuscript, was a 2018 National Poetry Series finalist and is forthcoming from Grieveland.
Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in the PEN Poetry Series, Tin House Online, Hyperallergic, Lambda Literary Review, Copper Nickel, the Nepantla Anthology for Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, 2018) and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2017), among other places. Their essays, poetry reviews, and interviews can be found in Electric Literature, the Fanzine, Shondaland, and VIDA Review. They are a Co-editor of Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3 and was a Contributing Writer at Electric Literature.
They've earned a MA in Elementary Education from Stanford University, a Brooklyn Poets Fellowship, Pushcart nominations, as well as workshop scholarships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Center. They were a 2017 Create Change Fellow at the Laundromat Project. They've read their poetry, given lectures, and devised original performances at many venues including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Bushwick Starr Theater, Poetry Project, Eyebeam, Dixon Place, the New School, and the New Museum. They are a member of CityLore's Homer 2 Hip Hop Advisory Committee.
Their commissioned works include poems for Ido Michaeli's Black Panther Got Loose from the Bronx Zoo exhibition opening at the American Jewish Historical Society, and Grand Bassam, a multi-media performance devised and performed in collaboration with violinist Maja Cerar at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.
They put their instructional design skills and tech training to good use at CryptoParties.
You can find Candace walking their pit bull and watching too many episodes of Murder, She Wrote before bed.