Cecilia Woloch

(Pennsylvania)

Biography of Cecilia Woloch

Cecilia Woloch poet

Cecilia Woloch is an American poet and 2011 National Endowment for the Arts recipient. 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. 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.

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My Mother's Pillow

My mother sleeps with the Bible open on her pillow;
she reads herself to sleep and wakens startled.
She listens for her heart: each breath is shallow.

For years her hands were quick with thread and needle.
She used to sew all night when we were little;
now she sleeps with the Bible on her pillow

and believes that Jesus understands her sorrow:

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