Candice Louisa Daquin is of Sephardi French/Egyptian descent. Born in Europe, Daquin work in publishing for The American Embassy and Chamber of Commerce, before immigrating to the American South West to study and become a Psychotherapist, where she has continued writing and editing whilst practicing as a therapist. Daquin has worked at Jewish Community Centers and Rape Crisis Centers both in Texas and Ontario, Canada. Her area of specialization is adults sexually abused as children. Prior to publishing her own poetry collections, Daquin regularly wrote for the poetry periodical Rattle and The Northern Poetry Review. Daquin is currently Senior Editor at Indie Blu(e) Publishing, a feminist micro-press.
Daquin’s poetic work takes its form from the confessional women poets of the 19th and 20th century as well as queer authors writing from the 1950’s onward. Her career(s) teaching critical thinking and practicing as a psychotherapist have heavily influenced her work, with explored key themes including, sexual-dysfunction, sexual-abuse, parental-relationships, mental illness and queer-identity. Daquin’s work is also significantly imprinted by Audre Lorde, Françoise Sagan, Angela Carter, activist Egyptian physician Nawal El Saadawi, Navdanya seed bank creator/campaigner Vandana Shiva, Pablo Neruda, Israeli PM Golda Mier, Toni Morrison and feminist philosophers bell hooks, Hélène Cixous and Luce Irigaray.
As a queer woman of mixed parentage and passionate feminist beliefs concerning equality, Daquin’s poetry is her body of evidence.
Rattle, The Blue Mountain Review, SoFloPojo Poetry Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Out in SA, Whisper & the Roar, Borderless Journal, Ditch Poetry, Counter Currents, Dissident Voice, Four Windows Press, Sudden Denouement, Sundress blog, womansweb.in, Heretics, Lovers & Madmen, Poets For Peace, Go Dog Go Cafe, Book Smugglers Den, Trivia Voices of Feminism, Hijacked Amygdala, The Whisper & The Roar, Poets House Showcase Exhibition, Alien Buddha Press, Indolent Books, Voices de la Luna literary journal, Memory House, to name a few.
Poetry in Anthologies:
Paws Healing the Earth, (River Paw Press, 2021)
Overcoming Fear: Based on true events (Wingless Dreamer, 2020)
The Poets Symphony: Verses, Melodies, and Lyrical Poems, (Black Earth Ink, 2020)
As the World Burns: Writers and Artists Reflect on a World Gone Mad (Indie Blu(e), 2020)
SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women (Indie Blu(e), 2019)
Texas Best Emerging Poets, (Z Publishing House, 2019)
We Will Not Be Silenced: The Lived Experience of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Told Powerfully Through Poetry, Prose, Essay, and Art (Indie Blu(e), 2019)
Torrid Literature Journal (Vol. XXIV): Vol. XXIV Beauty for Ashes (TLV, 2019)
All the Lonely People (Free Verse Revolution, 2018)
America’s Emerging Poets 2018: West Region, (Z Publishing House, 2018)
Poetry Editor/Co-Editor of:
The Kali Project: Invoking the Goddess Within / Indian Women’s Voices (2021)
As the World Burns: Writers and Artists Reflect on a World Gone Mad (2020)
Crimson Skins, Devika Mathur (2020)
Flowers on the Wall, Kristiana Reed (2020)
SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women (2019)
Luminarium, Maria Gianna Iannucci (2019)
Dead’s Haven (Olivia & Hale Book 3), Nicolas Gagnier (2019)
We Will Not Be Silenced: The Lived Experience of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Told Powerfully Through Poetry, Prose, Essay, and Art (2019)
Own Poetry Collections:
A Jar for the Jarring (STPG Press / republished by Palpitate Press, 2014/2016 respectively)
The Bright Day Has Gone Child and You Are in for the Dark (TFS Press, 2015)
Illusions of Existing (TFS Press, 2016)
Sit in Fever (TFS Press, 2016)
Pinch the Lock (Finishing Line Press, 2017)