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Marcia Cebulska 


Marcia Cebulska is an award-winning novelist, playwright, and screenwriter whose work has been read and performed internationally. 

Dominic A. Pacyga, historian and renown expert on Polish Americans in Chicago says Lovers, Dreamers, & Thieves is “both moving and important…a must read.”

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Announcing... Lovers, Dreamers, & Thieves, a moving and humorous memoir of short vignettes concerned with love, women’s roles, ambition, and the search for home.

New York Times’ best-selling author, Harriet Lerner, calls Cebulska’s LOVERS, DREAMERS, AND THIEVES “a visceral knockout of a memoir packed with vibrant, unforgettable family members.”

In Marcia Cebulska’s memoir, the reader will discover a cousin who collects nun dolls; a parakeet that rides on the head of the pet dog; and a grandfather who stages fake weddings. But also: a father taken away in handcuffs; a mother in love with a priest; and an uncle in the mob. Cebulska writes perceptively and compassionately about the characters who surrounded and shaped her when she was growing up in a Polish bakery in Chicago. These memories became the stuff of her plays and books.


"Rich characters who easily and convincingly come to life.”

"Lively wit, sympathy and understanding…beautifully crafted…full blown and fleshed out."

“Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, but always meaningful."

Paul Sturm,

Harriet Glazier, ARTS INSIGHT 

Corbin Patrick,

Why Do I Write? 


I Write Because...

  • It helps me make sense of my life.

  • I believe creativity to be one of human beings' greatest gifts.

  • It makes me feel like I have goddess-like power and outrageous fun at the same time.

  • I have a strong need to communicate.

  • I have a strong need to communicate artfully.

  • Every once in a while, I get a note from a reader or audience member saying:

    • "Your play changed my life."

    • "I laughed so hard! Thank you. Thank you."

    • "That was my life up there--how did you know?"

    • “I love this book so much that I could not put it down.”

  • When I don't write, I feel adrift, cranky, and miserable.

  • It's my own lame effort to change the world.

  • I like to invent words. And worlds.

  • Writing's got me by the heart, the brain, the neck and it won't let go.

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