Candice Iloh is a first generation Nigerian-American writer, teaching artist, youth educator, and author based in Brooklyn, New York.
She has performed her work around the country, most notably at Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City; the Women in Poetry & Hip Hop celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore (where she performed as Nikki Giovanni); and as part of the Africa In Motion performing arts series at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. Competitively, Iloh has advanced to the final rounds of the Graffiti DC Slam, Beltway Poetry Slam, and 11th Hour Poetry Slam.
Her first chapbook, Catalyst (2009), was a Best Book nominee at the 2010 National Underground Spoken Word & Poetry Awards (NUSPA). Her follow-ups, And Become and Break Fast From Her Skin, were published in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Fjords Review, Lambda Literary, Blackberry Magazine, Insight Magazine, The Grio, For Harriet, and Blavity have all published Iloh’s work. Most recently, her work has been featured in The Breakbeats Poets, Volume 2: Black Girl Magic Anthology (Haymarket Books, 2018).
In 2013, Iloh earned a fellowship to study under Ruth Forman at the Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA) Foundation poetry workshop for writers of color. In 2015, she studied under Cathy Park Hong at the Home School Writer’s Conference, which she attended as a Lambda Literary fellow. In 2016, she was invited to the Rhode Island Writers Colony, a residency for writers of color under the Artistic Directorship of Jason Reynolds, to work on her debut novel.
With equal commitment to youth education and mentorship, Iloh’s training includes (but is not limited to): Arts-Integration Curriculum Training at the Art, Books & Creativity Summer Teacher Institute; Race, Rights, and Responsibility Teacher Training Conference with Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools; Working with Children Exposed to Domestic Violence at CONNECT Training Institute, and many more.
Iloh has served as a program director and workshop facilitator with Voices UnBroken, and as a teaching artist with Split This Rock, and poetryN.O.W., and The American Poetry Museum. Most recently, she completed a three year residency as a Writer-in-Residence at the Bronx Academy of Letters supporting high school students in the production of new and fresh youth-centered magazine content. Throughout her work, Iloh has remained engaged with the communities she works and lives in by mentoring young people creatively within public school classrooms, athletic programs, and writing workshops.
The Howard University alumna is a 2019 Kimbilio fiction fellow and holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People from Lesley University during which she debuted her first one-woman-show, ADA: On Stage. The show is based off of her forthcoming young adult novel in verse (Title to Be Announced) in the Fall of 2020 from Dutton YA, an imprint of Penguin Random House.