Cecelia Hagen is the author of Entering, Bus Stop Poems and Art, and the chapbooks Among Others and Fringe Living. Her poems have appeared in Guesthouse, On the Seawall, Blood Orange Review, Rolling Stone, Zyzzyva, Willow Springs, Zócalo Public Square, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, and several other journals and anthologies. They have also been permanently installed as public art along the EmX bus line.
Cecelia grew up in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended Connecticut College, graduating with a degree in English and a minor in modern dance. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, she earned her MFA in poetry at the University of Oregon, where she also studied philosophy, landscape architecture, and every dance class that was offered.
Her work has won fellowships and residencies from Literary Arts, the MacDowell Colony, North Coast Writers, Playa, Caldera, and the Kesey Farm Project, a number of Pushcart nominations, and a first-place prize from Passager Journal.
A recipient of the annual Eugene Arts and Letters Award, she co-founded and taught for Writers in Lane County Schools, served as the long-time fiction editor for Northwest Review, and worked as the managing editor for a magazine for computer programmers. She curated and hosted a monthly reading series held at Eugene’s public library and was a visiting professor of creative writing at Willamette University.
Cecelia now teaches private memoir-writing workshops and lives with her husband and extended family in Eugene.