Emrys congratulates Candace Wiley for winning the 2018 Jo Ann Walker Poetry Scholarship. Candace was born in S.C., graduated with her B.A. from Bowie State University, an H.B.C.U. in M.D., her M.A. from Clemson University, and her M.F.A. at the University of South Carolina as a James Dickey Fellow. She is co-founder of The Watering Hole , a nonprofit that creates Harlem Renaissance-style spaces in the contemporary South, and she often writes in the mode of Afrofuturism, covering topics from black aliens, to mutants, to mermaids. She is a Fine Arts Work Center Fellow, Callaloo Fellow and former Fulbright Fellow to San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, a town that was founded by West Africans who had escaped from Cartagena slavery. She is currently on faculty at Clemson University and is now living, writing, and running The Watering Hole from her Provincetown fellowship at FAWC.
Congratulations to the 2017 Emrys Chapbook Winner Mary B. Moore whose book, Amanda & The Man Soul is now available. Order your copy now!
Read the first poem in Amanda and the Man Soul and then keep on reading, as I did, straight through to the final poem. This is one of those books that can’t be put down, that overwhelms us with the mystery of what it means to be human and alive in a body, to be in possession of a soul, or maybe twin souls. We are, as Mary Moore writes of Van Gogh’s “Irises”, “The terrors his brush disclosed / bad gods among the beauties.” —Dorianne Laux