• Catherine Marenghi

    The San Miguel Poetry Café will host internationally acclaimed poet Cecilia Woloch, who will read via Zoom on Thursday, January 28, 2021, 5:00 PM CST. The online event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required at http://sanmiguelliterarysala.org/ It is the third of three special Poetry Alive! events spotlighting the work of a single poet, including a live reading, a teaching, and a moderated Q&A.

    “Cecilia Woloch is an extraordinary poet whose work is both lyrical and personal, while also giving voice to those whose voices have for too long been marginalized and unheard,” said Maia Williams, founder of the San Miguel Poetry Café and host of the event. “We are delighted to have such a luminous talent as we mark the sixth anniversary of the San Miguel Poetry Café.”

    Cecilia will be reading from “Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem,” just released in a new edition, as well as from other works, including new poems. Following her reading, Cecilia will discuss her process in composing a long poem (chapbook- or book-length). Wrapping up the hour, poet Catherine Marenghi will moderate a Q&A between audience members and the poet.

    Cecilia Woloch is a poet, writer, teacher, and performer. She has authored six poetry collections, a novel, essays, and reviews. Her honors include fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, CEC/ArtsLink International, and the Center for International Theatre Development; her work has also received a Pushcart Prize and appeared in the Best American Poetry Series. Born in Pittsburgh and raised in rural Kentucky, she has traveled the world as a teacher and writer. She has taught at universities across the U.S. and led workshops in Paris, Istanbul, and the Carpathian Mountains. She currently leads virtual writing workshops and a literary salon on Zoom. More information is at http://ceciliawoloch.squarespace.com/

    Cecilia will also be leading a workshop at this year’s San Miguel Writer’s Conference entitled “Composing the Manuscript: A 2-Part Class for Poets, Writers of Short-Form Prose, and Mixed Genre and Multidisciplinary Artists” on February 9 and 11. To register, visit https://sanmiguelwritersconference.org/product/workshop-poetry-all-prose-cecilia-woloch/

    To order a copy of Cecilia Woloch’s book “Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem,” please visit Powell’s Books at https://www.powells.com/book/tsigan-9780998631479 . For an autographed copy of this or other poetry books by Cecilia Woloch, please contact for shipping and pricing information.

    Founded in January 2016, the San Miguel Poetry Café convenes monthly, September through April, and also holds special events. The all-volunteer organization presents local and visiting poets, both established and emerging. If you would like to be considered for an upcoming reading, please submit sample poems and a brief bio to . Visit http://sanmiguelliterarysala.org/ for a calendar of upcoming events.

    Pre-register for this special Poetry Alive! event at https://sanmiguelliterarysala.org/ ; you will receive a link to the event in your email confirmation.
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