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Candice James

Candice James

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Candice James was awarded the title of  Poet Laureate Emerita of The City of New Westminster  by City Council after serving two 3 year terms as Poet Laureate (2010-2016) She is FOUNDER OF:  The Royal City Literary Arts Society; The Fred Cogswell Award For Excellence in Poetry; and founder of the reading series: Poetic Justice; Poetry in the Park; Poetry New West.  She is Past President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers, Past Director of SpoCan, Past President of Slam Central,  She is the recipient of “Writers International Network’s Distinguished Poet Award 2013”. Her award in include: The Bernie Legge Artist Cultural Award; Pandora's Collective Citizenship Award and she is the Author of 15 poetry books, the first one  “A SPLIT IN THE WATER” - Fiddlehead Poetry Books 1979; amd the most recent "The Water Poems"  Ekstasis Editions 2017;  "The Path of Loneliness" (Inanna Publications) will be released in Spring 2020.  

Candice has been a featured on radio shows “Wax Poetic”, “World Poetry Café”, and “Storytelling”.  She has also been featured poet, workshop facilitator, keynote speaker, and panelist at many literary events including “Word on the Street”; “Black Dot Cultural Collective”; “Write on The Beach” and “Lit Fest New West”.  Her poems have appeared in a variety of local and international magazines, newspapers, and e-zines.   

Candice is currently working on her rhyming poetry manuscript Sonatastice Perpetuum.  Candice James website


New Westminster


A Split In The Water. Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1979
Shorelines. Silver Bow Publishing, 2013
Midnight Embers - A Book of Sonnets. Libros Libertad, 2012
Bridges and Clouds. Silver Bow Publishing, 2011
Inner Heart - A Journey. Silver Bow Publishing, 2010
The Water Poems. Ekstasis Editions, 2017
Merging Dimensions. Ekstasis Editions, 2015
Ekphrasticism. Silver Bow, 2013
Purple Haze. Libros Libertad, 2014
A Silence of Echoes. Silver Bow, 2016
Short Shots. Silver Bow, 2017
Colors of India. Xpress Publications, 2014
City of Dreams. Silver Bow, 2016
13th Cusp. Silver Bow, 2018


Bernie Legge Artist Cultural Award, 2015
Pandora's Colliective Citizenship Award, 2015
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