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Cecilia Caballero


Based in Los Angeles, Cecilia Caballero, PhD, is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, lecturer of Ethnic Studies, and co-editor of the bestselling book, The Chicana Motherwork Anthology.


Cecilia is an alum of workshops and fellowships with VONA, Macondo, Tin House, the Women’s National Book Association, and Roots. Wounds. Words.  She also served as a 2022 Visiting Teaching Artist with the Poetry Foundation and she is a 2023 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow.


As a teaching artist, Cecilia's goal is to cultivate more communal spaces of storytelling and social justice for BIPOC folks. She has been invited to teach workshops with the Puente Program, East Los Angeles COllege, Running Mamis, Parenting for Liberation, the Poetry Foundation, Poets House, and more.

She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of California. She is also an alum of UC Berkeley and Los Medanos College. She is a proud first-generation graduate.


Her prose and poetry have been published in Dryland, Raising Mothers, The Acentos Review, and elsewhere, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Rhysling award. Cecilia is currently writing a memoir and a book of poetry.


Find her on Twitter: @la_sangre_llama and Instagram: @bookworm_por_vida

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Teaching Artist

As a teaching artist, Cecilia designs and facilitates generative creative writing workshops to cultivate more communal spaces of storytelling and healing justice.


Cecilia has given talks and keynotes for various institutions and organizations such as the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship at UC Berkeley, San Diego State University's "Mama Scholars" conference, the University of Minnesota, and many more.

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Cecilia is a founding member of the Chicana M(other)work collective and co-editor of the bestselling book, The Chicana Motherwork Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolución.


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