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Cecilia Caballero


Based in Los Angeles, Cecilia Caballero is an Afro-Chicana creative nonfiction writer, poet, teaching artist, adjunct professor of Ethnic Studies, and co-editor of the bestselling book The Chicana Motherwork Anthology.

As a teaching artist, Cecilia draws on BIPOC literature and poetry to design and facilitate writing workshops to cultivate more communal spaces of storytelling and social justice. Currently, Cecilia is a 2022 Visiting Teaching Artist with the Poetry Foundation and a teaching artist for the Puente Program. She has been invited to give workshops for various community groups and institutions, such as Parenting for Liberation, East Los Angeles College, the University of Arizona, and more.

Cecilia is also a PhD Candidate in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC). She also holds an MA in American Studies in Ethnicity from USC, dual BA degrees in English literature and Chicanx Studies from UC Berkeley, and an AA from Los Medanos College.

Cecilia is an alum of workshops and fellowships with Tin House, Macondo, VONA, and the Women’s National Book Association. Her prose and poetry has been published in Dryland, Epiphany, Raising Mothers, The Acentos Review, Gathering: A Women Who Submit anthology, and elsewhere. Her creative work has recently been nominated for Pushcart prize, Rhysling award, and Best of the Net. Cecilia currently working on a memoir and a book of poetry.

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Teaching Artist

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