Cecilia Woloch

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Cecilia Woloch
Born Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.
Alma mater Transylvania University
Occupation Poet

Cecilia Woloch is an American poet, writer and teacher, known for her work in communities throughout the U.S. and around the world. She is an NEA fellowship recipient and the author of six collections of poems, a novel, and numerous essays.


Woloch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up there and in rural Kentucky, one of seven children of a homemaker and an airplane mechanic. She earned a BA at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and an MFA at Antioch University, Los Angeles.

Influenced by Anna Akhmatova, W.S. Merwin, and Walt Whitman, Woloch writes lyrical poems of witness and exploration. Many of her poems arise from her extensive travels. She also writes autobiographical prose and fiction and collaborates on a regular basis with visual artists, theatre artists, musicians and dancers.

Woloch is the author of six poetry collections, including Carpathia (2009), Late (2003), and Sacrifice (1997). Her poetry has been translated into several languages and included in anthologies such as An Introduction to the Prose Poem (2009), Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present (2008), and 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005). The text of her second book, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, has been adapted for multi-media presentations in the U.S., France and Poland. A chapbook of new poems, Earth, was published in early 2015, along with a novel, Sur la Route. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, Chateau de La Napoule Retreat for Artists, and the Isaac W. Bernheim Foundation. She has been awarded the Indiana Review Poetry Prize and the New Ohio Review Poetry Prize.

Woloch has conducted creative writing workshops for children and young people, senior citizens, inmates at a prison for the criminally insane, and residents at a shelter for homeless women and their children. She has also served on the faculties of a number of graduate and undergraduate creative writing programs. The founding director of the Paris Poetry Workshop and Summer Poetry in Idyllwild, she is based in Los Angeles.


  • Sacrifice (1997)
  • Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem (2002)
  • Late (2003)
  • Narcissus (2008)
  • Carpathia (2009)
  • Earth (2015)
  • Sur la Route (2015)

Woloch's poetry has been published in such journals as The Mississippi Review, Nimrod, Tin House, The New Ohio Review, The Indiana Review and New Letters. Her essays have appeared in The Crab Orchard Review, New Southerner, and the Journal of Polish American Historical Association.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, 2011
  • Indiana Review Prize in Poetry, 2014
  • 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

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