Candice James is the Poet Laureate Emerita of New Westminster, BC CANADA and is a professional visual artist, writer, and musician. Her artwork has appeared in Duende Magazine and “Spotlight” Goddard College of Fine Arts, Vermont, USA and her has appeared on the front cover of over 20 books and her painting(“Unmasked”) on the cover of Survision Magazine, Dublin, Ireland. Her poetry and artwork has appeared in CQ Magazine and in Wax Poetry Art Magazine Canada. Candice has sold 71 of her paintings and she has authored sixteen print books of poetry.
Candice James, a professional writer, poet, visual artist, musician, singer/songwriter, workshop facilitator and book reviewer for Canadian Poetry Review and Pacific Rim Review of Books, completed her 2nd three year term as Poet Laureate of The City of New Westminster, BC CANADA in June 2016 and was appointed Poet Laureate Emerita in November 2016 by order of City Council. She is Founder of: Royal City Literary Arts Society; Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry; Poetry New Westminster; Poetry In The Park; Poetic Justice, and Slam Central. She is Past President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers; Past Director of SpoCan and a member of the Writers Union of Canada. She has been keynote speaker at “Word On The Street”, “Black Dot Roots Cultural Collective”, “Write On The Beach” and has judged the “Pat Lowther Memorial Award”; “Jessamy Stursberg Youth Poet Award” and “Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. She received Pandora’s Collective Vancouver Citizenship Award; and Chamber of Commerce Platinum award: the Bernie Legge Artist/Cultural award.
As of December 2020, Candice authored sixteen books of poetry with 6 different publishers:”A Split In The Water” (Fiddlehead 1979); “Inner Heart – A Journey” (Silver Bow 2010); “Bridges and Clouds”(Silver Bow 2011); “Midnight Embers – a Book of Sonnets” (Libros Libertad 2012); “Shorelines – a Book of Villanelles” (Silver Bow 2013); “Ekphrasticism – Painted Words” (Silver Bow 2013); “Purple Haze”(Libros Libertad 2014) “A Silence of Echoes”(Silver Bow 2014); “Merging Dimensions” (Ekstasis Editions 2015); “Short Shots” (Silver Bow 2016) and “Colours of India” (Xpress Publisher, India 2016; “City of Dreams -the New Westminster Poems“ (Silver Bow 2016) The Water Poems” (Ekstasis Editions 2017); “The 13th Cusp” (Silver Bow 2018); “Rithimus Aeternam” (Silver Bow 2019); “The Path of Loneliness” (Inanna Publications).
Candice has featured at many venues both civic and public and appeared on television and radio. She has presented workshops, mentored writers; written prefaces and reviews, published articles, and short stories. Her poetry has appeared in domestic and international anthologies and her poems have been translated into Arabic, Italian, Bengali, Chinese and Farsi. Her artwork has appeared in Duende Magazine and in the “Spotlight” at Goddard College of Fine Arts, Vermont, USA and her poetry inside and artwork (“Unmasked”) on the cover of Survision Magazine, Dublin, Ireland and her poetry and artwork have appeared in Wax Poetry Art Magazine Canada.
Candice says’ “The Urantia book has helped me become more conscious of my inner spiritual self”.
Visual Art from Candice James
Poet Laureate Emerita
New Westminster, BC
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