Winter 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 Poetry |

Unidentified Suspect

The colors in the poem are a graphed representation of incarceration rates from 1920 (bottom) to 2014 (top) of imprisoned (red) and jailed (blue) Americans. The graph is turned ninety degrees so that the x-axis is on the right.

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Candace G. Wiley is a poet, professor, and one of the founding directors of the Watering Hole, a nonprofit that creates Harlem Renaissance–style spaces in the contemporary South. She was born in South Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bowie State University, a Master of Arts from Clemson University, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina. Wiley is a Vermont Studio Center Fellow, Lighthouse Works Center Fellow, Fine Arts Work Center Fellow, Callaloo Fellow, and former Fulbright Fellow to San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, a town founded by West Africans who had escaped from slavery in Cartagena. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2015 (Simon & Schuster, 2015), among other publications.

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