Candice Iioh

Candice Iloh is a first-generation Nigerian-American creative writer and teaching artist residing in Brooklyn, NY whose writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Fjords Review, The Grio, For Harriet, Blavity, No Dear Magazine, Glass Poetry Journal, Puerto Del Sol, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of fellowships from VONA, Home School via Lambda Literary fellowship, as well as a Rhode Island Writers Colony Writer-in-Residence alum.  She holds an MFA in Writing for Young People, concentrating in verse from Lesley University, where she recently completed her first full-length collection of poems and first young adult novel in verse. When not writing or teaching, Candice dances.

ADA: ON STAGE is alive one-woman-performance depicting the life of a young woman on her way out of high school headed for the next step in her life. Thinking college will finally be her escape from a strict household and a dysfunctional family, some first-time experiences as a freshman suddenly begin to hold her captive and frozen in the memory of her childhood, making it hard to adapt to a life away from everything she’s ever known. A mashup of theater, poetry and dance, ADA: On Stage is an evocative performance art experience that identifies oppressive and traumatic moments that unknowingly stick with young women as they grow as well as the ways in which a past without reflection is destined to reappear in a person’s life without warning.