Cynthia Dewi Oka is a poet and author of Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016). A two-time Pushcart Prize Nominee, her poems have appeared widely online and in print. She is a contributor the anthologies Read Women (Locked Horn Press, 2014), Dismantle (Thread Makes Blanket, 2014), and Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines (PM Press, 2016). Cynthia has been awarded the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor’s Prize in Poetry, and scholarships from the Voices of Our Nations (VONA) Writing Workshop and Vermont Studio Center. As a recipient of Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grant, she partnered with Asian Arts Initiative to create Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry Workshop for immigrant poets in Philadelphia. In summer 2017, she will serve as a poet mentor for The Blueshift Journal’s Speakeasy Project. Originally from Bali, Indonesia, she lives in South Jersey and is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Warren Wilson College. Her second poetry collection, Salvage, is coming soon in 2017 from Northwestern University Press.



cynthia.oka@gmail.com or @freedewi

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  1. Hi, Cynthia,
    I am interested in hearing your reading about your book. I am a new student from China and your readings might be a interest for me. I will come and join this activity this Thuesday.

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