Based in Los Angeles, Cecilia Caballero is an Afro-Chicana single mother, creative nonfiction writer, poet, teaching artist, and (virtual) lecturer for the Department of Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University.
As a teaching artist, Cecilia designs and facilitates generative poetry workshops for BIPOC undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty to cultivate more communal spaces of storytelling, healing, and social justice. Cecilia has been invited to give poetry workshops at East Los Angeles College, various California State University campuses (San Jose, East Bay, and Humboldt) , the University of Arizona, MiraCosta College, and more.
Cecilia draws on her expertise in Ethnic Studies and multi-ethnic literature to inform her poetry workshops. Additionally, Cecilia is 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 also a founding member of Chicana M(other)work (CMW) and co-editor of the best selling book, The Chicana Motherwork Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolución. Through her work with CMW, she has given keynotes, talks, and workshops at institutions like UC Berkeley, UCLA, the University of Arizona, San Diego State University, and more, about social justice for mothers of color in academia and beyond.
Cecilia is also an alum of various creative writing 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 a 2021 Pushcart prize and 2022 Rhysling award.
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As a teaching artist, Cecilia designs and facilitates generative poetry workshops for BIPOC folks, including students, staff, and faculty, to cultivate communal spaces of stroytelling, healing, and social justice.
Cecilia has given talks and keynotes about her creative writing and scholarly work for 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.
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.