Candace Wiley 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-founding director 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 forthcoming Vermont Studio Center Fellow, Lighthouse Works Center Fellow, and a former 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. (The people have their own language and customs that trace back to the Bantu and Kikongo in West Africa.) She is currently on faculty at Clemson University and is now living, writing, and running The Watering Hole from her Greenville home in South Carolina.
“Afro Atlantan Merfolk” and “We Mutants.” New Sound. Forthcoming
“Parcel Map for the County Assessor” and “The Cut Up.” Black Girl Magic Anthology. Forthcoming.
“Keri Goes to L.A.” Illuminations Magazine. June 2016.
“Heirlooms.” Pluck, Fall 2012, No. 8.