What Works

Cindy Washabaugh is a writer, community/organizational program developer and director, facilitator, editor, and arts advocate. It may sound like she works really hard, but truly, it’s connecting and writing that works.

Programs and Teaching

She has taught creative writing for her alma mater, Cleveland State University, is a former editor of CSU’s Whiskey Island, and  also developed and taught courses there in Exploring Self Through Writing. She currently designs, directs and facilitates programs in individual growth and development, community connection and learning through the creative arts in community and organizational settings throughout Northeast Ohio, including Magnolia Clubhouse Inc., Waterloo Arts, Literary Cleveland, Collinwood Rec Center, Benjamin Rose Institute, Cleveland Yachad, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Ruffing Montessori School (West), the Slovenian Workmen’s Home, Stone Gardens at Menorah Park, Heights Arts, Cuyahoga County Public Library and many more.

Reading and Writing

She has read her work at really amazing places like Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Heights’ Cain Park, and often reads as part of Take Nine, a group of nine Cleveland women poets who have been reading, writing and drinking wine together for over 10 years. Recent featured readings include Kent State University: Wick Poetry Center, The Cleveland Playhouse: Wordscapes, Beck Center for the Arts: Audra Skuodas Retrospective, and many others.

Her work has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, including The Connecticut Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Hanging Loose, Confrontation and Hunger Mountain and locally, in the anthologies Cleveland in Prose and Poetry, League Books, and Voices of Cleveland, Cleveland State University Press. Her poetry chapbook collection, Sings the Body, is now available from Finishing Line Press.  Or order a signed copy here (includes free shipping!)


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Though she bounced about a bit early on, she is a native and now firmly-rooted Clevelander and feels lucky to be participating in the city’s revival. She especially loves the city’s rich culture and its position, poised  right on America’s North Coast, bounded by miles and miles of  gorgeous Great Lake Erie.

Please contact Cindy at cindy.washabaugh1@gmail.com or at 216-403-5326 to ask about booking or attending workshops, readings or events.