This Fleeting Word

A book to find hope and solace in and to give as a gift
“There is an elegant rhythm to these poems and pictures that Cynthia culled into this charming and timely book. After a second, deep reading, slowly traveling from photos to words, it felt like a dance, or the beating of a universal heart, the pulsing of a ritual drum. And in these challenging times of the global pandemic, this journey the author and photographer takes us on profoundly reflects our transcendence from the individual to the many, from the illusions of permanence to the eternal, to the inevitable transformation we all must bare, and witness, as she so bravely expresses and shows us in her artful reflections.
This is a book to savor and give as a gift to those you care for and love. ” ~Phillip Retzky

This Fleeting World – poetry and photography book 2020

Debuted #1 on The Amazon New Individual Photographer List
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Cynthia Wooley lived in California, Mexico and Spain before settling in New Mexico.  She attended the graduate program in creative writing at the University of New Mexico, where Rudolfo Anaya chaired her thesis committee. Cynthia is a teacher of English, writing, art and dance to many, from immigrants to inmates, for over forty years.  She is published most notably in The Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico Magazine, and Blue Mesa Review. Her photography has premiered in one-woman and group photo shows in Chiapas, Mexico, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Princeton University and Albuquerque.  She is in the band “La Rondalla de Albuquerque” and lives near the Rio Grande in New Mexico with her pups.


1990: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
Master’s Degree in English, emphasis in creative writing.

1987-88: Antioch University, Los Angeles, CA.
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies.

1982-83: Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design
Los Angeles, CA, photography program.

1978-79: San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.
photography program.

Summer 1977: Apprenticeship to photographer Norman Seeff

1974-76: Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, CA.
writing and photography program.


Email: Cynthia Wooley

Tonight the Moon

is the sound hole of a guitar 

and the tree’s raspy fingers 

play the song