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Candice James is the Poet Laureate for The City of New Westminster. Her first book of poetry, "A Split In The Water" was published in 1979 by Fiddlehead Poetry Books. It was a collection of surrealistic free verse poems characterized by vivid imagery. The late Fred Cogswell, a poet and recipient of the Order of Canada Medal was her mentor and encouraged her to continue writing poetry stating "she had the gift". However, music called to Candice and she spent the next 30 years as a singer/songwriter and bass player performing and touring. In 2010 she hung up her bass guitar and the band and dove back into poetry and became a familiar figure on the local literary scene. Her second book of poetry "Inner Heart – A Journey" was published in 2010 by Silver Bow Publishing. Her poems have appeared in numerous international anthologies, magazines, .newspapers and e-zines. Candice is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets, and the Federation of British Columbia Writers. She has been the featured poet at many local poetry events and on local radio shows and is the creator of the following ongoing poetry events: "Slam Central Spoken Word", "Poetic Justice", and "Poetry In The Park".