Candelaria Silva


About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.


Love can return after it’s gone missing

Sometimes love returns after it’s gone missing. It can be found again… Can you love someone that you see clearly, who is no longer opaque, mysterious and unknown? Can you love someone whose flaws are apparent – at least to you if not to them?  Can they love you when […]


Welcome to the family (remarks from the wedding of Cyrus McQueen and Leanne Gordon) 2

Our family welcomes you, Leanne. Whenever there is marriage, it is a vote of confidence in love and in the future. We welcome you to our family.  You and Cyrus were nurtured in the environs and soils of countries on different continents, but somehow had a flash of recognition* and […]


Po-Po-Poetry – David Bickham – National Poetry Month

I met David Bickham about 18 years ago when he was living in Boston.  He promised me that he would get me to his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi one day to share my experience with cultural economic development.  We kept in touch over the ensuing years and he always contacted […]


Po-Po-Poetry: Toi Derricotte – Cave Canem – National Poetry Month 2

This selection for National Poetry Month features Toi Derricotte and accomplished poet and champion of Black poets. She is co-founder of Cave Canem* – the seminal/critical/crucial support organization and network for Black poets. Black Boys Play the Classics – by Toi Derricotte The most popular “act” in Penn Station is the three […]


Po-Po-Poetry: James A. LaFond-Lewis (National Poetry Month) 2

My Celebration of National Poetry Month * – Po-Po-Poetry continues with this post featuring James LaFond-Lewis (Jim to me). I met the fine poet James LaFond-Lewis when he was a restaurateur in Boston.  He owned Mississippi’s in Kenmore Square, then in Brigham Circle and finally near Roxbury Crossing T-stop.  It […]