About

Cynthia Dewi Oka 4 - Photo by Jose QuintanaCYNTHIA DEWI OKA is the author of Salvage and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water.

A Pushcart Prize Nominee, her poetry has appeared widely online and in print.  She has been awarded the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award, the Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize, the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor’s Prize in Poetry, and scholarships from the Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and Vermont Studio Center. As a 2016 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grantee, she partnered with Asian Arts Initiative to create Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry Workshop for immigrant poets in Philadelphia. She has also served as a poet mentor for The Blueshift Journal’s Speakeasy Project and taught Foundations of Poetry at the Blue Stoop.

Cynthia has performed her poetry in numerous venues throughout the US and is a contributor to the anthologies What Saves Us: Poems of Outrage and Empathy in the Age of Trump (Northwestern University Press, 2019), Who Will Speak for America (Temple University Press, 2018), Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (OR Press, 2018), Best of Kweli: An Aster(ix) Anthology (Blue Sketch Press, 2017), Read Women (Locked Horn Press, 2014),  Dismantle (Thread Makes Blanket, 2014), and Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines (PM Press, 2016). Her work has also been nominated for The Best of the Net Anthology.

Originally born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, Cynthia is currently based in the Greater Philadelphia Area. She earned her MFA as a Holden Fellow at Warren Wilson College.