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As the daughter of a Marine Corps officer, Candace Black lived in several locations while growing up and developed an awareness of the nuances of place, both emotional and physical. The poems in Casa Marina, her recent chapbook, focus on Key West and her experiences living there. Black's poems and essays have appeared in many literary journals, including Third Coast, Rhino, Iowa Woman, Ninth Letter, and War, Literature and the Arts.
She received her undergraduate degree from California State University, Chico, and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. Her first poetry collection, The Volunteer, won the Minnesota Voice Poetry Prize in 2000 and was published by New Rivers Press in 2003. Casa Marina won the 2009 Thomas A. Wilhemus Award and was published by RopeWalk Press in 2010.
Black has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Loft Literary Center Creative Nonfiction Residency, a SASE/Jerome Foundation Fellowship, a McKnight Individual Fellowship, and a Loft-McKnight Award in Poetry. She teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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