"This book is unlike any that I know of in American poetry, past or present. Written from deep inside the world of fashion and corporate power, it is full of ‘news that stays news.’ Utterly personal, fabulously expressive, desperately witty, it plays for keeps on a field few of us have any knowledge of, even as we dress ourselves each day in clothes designed and marketed to make us feel like us. I’m sold on all of it. Candice Reffe is the real thing, a poet of the swiftest music and feeling, alive in this moment that is ours. Like they say, it’s to die for." –David Rivard.
"Candice Reffe’s Live from the Mood Board is animal and alive. Each poem arrives on the page like a Tasmanian devil, lines spinning and voice reaching into a poet’s vocabulary that’s itself more expansive, various, and strange than any I’ve seen in a long time. The poet has a good story – she’s been a successful New York fashion executive for years (read: secret anthropologist)..."Read more –Katie Peterson.
"Supple syntax and subtle variations in poetic form also add to this debut collection's complexity and polish. Readers across age ranges and geographical and economic situations are likely to resonate with the struggle toward psychic and professional liberation that builds momentum throughout this book—the sense of consciousness taking wing to escape the mundane, as the conflicted self 'becomes a hallelujah.'" –Kathleen Winter, Contest Judge. Read essay
PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS
Candice’s poems have also appeared in
Agni Review, Crazy Horse, Harvard Review, Poetry Daily, Ploughshares, Threepenny Review and elsewhere.
Antivenom Poetry Award from Elixir Press
Fine Arts Work Center First and Second Year Fellowships
Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship
2018 Finalist for Circular Economy Multinational Award from Davos.
2012 Launch Innovator Award sponsored by NASA, Nike and USAID.
Candice led the collaborative work at EILEEN FISHER, granted these awards.