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  1. Candace Jane Opper is a writer, a mother, and a visual artist whose work explores the intersection of personal and cultural histories.


Candace Jane Opper


               “A memoirist who seeks the harshest truths about both her own life and the American mind, Opper draws you into her one history in a way that will re-examine yours.” Sarah Marshall, Host of You're Wrong About

Candace Jane Opper is a writer, a mother, a visual artist, and a numbers person. She is the author of Certain and Impossible Events, selected by Cheryl Strayed as the winner of a Kore Press Memoir Award and featured in NPR’s 2021 Books We Love. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, Longreads, Narratively, Literary Hub, The Normal School, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Bright Wall/Dark Room, and Vestoj, among others. She holds an MFA from Portland State University and is the recipient of a Creative Nonfiction Foundation Fellowship.

Having vowed to never make writing her day job, she pieces together a salary by way of her more sought after skills. She is currently the Finance and Operations Director for Casey Droege Cultural Productions and the founder of Fringe Benefits Bookkeeping, a small firm providing bookkeeping and budgeting services to small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals in the Pittsburgh area, and beyond 🛸

Candace grew up in the woodsy marshlands of Southern Connecticut and lived in Providence, Rhode Island and Portland, Oregon, before landing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband, writer Patrick McGinty, and their son.

︎Ooh! And some stuff she makes is available at Antiquated Future.

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