Meet Our Readers: Candace Williams & Koh Xin Tian


We are excited to introduce our newest Tinderboxers, the brilliant & talented Candace Williams & Koh Xin Tian.

Candace Williams (photo credit Shun Takino)
Candace Williams (photo credit Shun Takino)


Candace Williams is a black, queer nerd living a double life. By day, she’s Head of Community Operations at a podcasting startup. By night and subway ride, she’s a poet. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hyperallergic, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press 2017), Bennington ReviewLambda Literary Review, and Copper Nickel, among other places. She graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and earned her MA in Elementary Education from Stanford University. She’s been awarded a Brooklyn Poets Fellowship, Cave Canem scholarships, and a Best of the Net 2016 nomination. You can find her walking her pit bull down Nostrand Ave, watching too many episodes of Murder, She Wrote, and subtweeting the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy (@teacherc).

When asked what Candace looks for in a poem, she says:

“I love poems that are so much their own world that I start to question my own.”



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Koh Xin Tian
Koh Xin Tian


Koh Xin Tian is a writer, editor, and translator from Singapore. She is a creative writing lecturer at the National University of Singapore’s University Scholars Programme, and a content strategist at a digital marketing agency. She has written for the Ploughshares blog and has an MFA in poetry from West Virginia University, where she was poetry editor of the Cheat River Review. Xin Tian’s poems are featured in Twelfth House Journal, Softblow, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. 

When asked what Xin Tian looks for in a poem, she says:

“I love poems that are not trying to be some other poem, that pay attention to craft, and that prize effect over intention.”

Jenn Givhan, a National Endowment for the Arts and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellow, is a Mexican-American writer and activist from the Southwestern desert. She is the author of four full-length poetry collections: Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize), Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series edited by Billy Collins), Girl with Death Mask (2017 Blue Light Books Prize chosen by Ross Gay), and Rosa's Einstein (Camino Del Sol Poetry Series, forthcoming 2019). Her two novels, Trinity Sight and Jubilee, are forthcoming from Blackstone Press. Her honors include the Frost Place Latinx Scholarship, a National Latinx Writers’ Conference Scholarship, the Lascaux Review Poetry Prize, Phoebe Journal’s Greg Grummer Poetry Prize chosen by Monica Youn, the Pinch Poetry Prize chosen by Ada Limón, and ten Pushcart nominations. Her work has appeared in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Ploughshares, POETRY, TriQuarterly, Boston Review, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Witness, Southern Humanities Review, Missouri Review, and The Kenyon Review, among many others. Givhan holds a Master’s degree in English from California State University Fullerton and an MFA from Warren Wilson College, and she can be found discussing feminist motherhood at as well as Facebook & Twitter @JennGivhan.