Cecilia Woloch

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Cecilia Woloch is an American poet and 2011 National Endowment for the Arts recipient.[1] She has published five books, and her poetry has appeared in numerous literary publications.


Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Woloch attended Transylvania University in Kentucky where she earned degrees in English and Theater Arts. In 1999, Woloch received her Creative Writing MFA from Antioch University. For twenty years, Woloch led writing workshops in schools, prisons, and homeless shelters.[2] Woloch began teaching at the University of Southern California in 2006, where she both leads writing workshops and teaches her students to lead workshops for local youth. She is also the founding director of Summer Poetry in Idyllwild and the Paris Poetry Workshop.


  • Sacrifice (1997)
  • Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem (2002)
  • Late (2003)
  • Narcissus (2008)
  • Carpathia (2009)

In addition to her five books, Woloch's poetry has been published in such journals as The Mississippi Review, Nimrod, Tin House, The New Ohio Review, New Letters, The Chattahoochee Review, and New Southerner.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, 2011
  • New Ohio Review Prize in Poetry (First Prize), 2009
  • USC Center for Excellence in Teaching FIUT Grant, 2007–08
  • Tupelo Press Snowbound Series Chapbook Award, 2006
  • Georgia Author of the Year, Georgia Writers Association, 2004


  1. ^ 2011 "Grant Awards: Literature Fellowships: Creative Writing (Poetry)." arts.gov. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  2. ^ Evans, Kate (August 6, 2007). "Poetry Monday: Cecilia Woloch." beingandwriting.blogspot.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011.


  • Edwards, Lynnell and Jennifer Fawkes. "Cecilia Woloch: 'Dreaming the Long Carpathian Dreams.'" The Hollins Critic Vol. 48, No. 5 (December 2010).
  • USC Faculty Profile

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