Salvage: Poems. Northwestern University Press, 2017.

Nomad of Salt and Hard Water, 2nd edition with new and revised poems. Thread Makes Blanket Press, 2016.

Nomad of Salt and Hard Water. Dinah Press, 2012.


“For My Father Who Once Rubbed Shoe Polish Over His Bald Head” & “A History of Smooth.” Leon Literary Review, Issue 3.

“Ode Where Milk Was Rare.” Zócalo Public Square. 

“In Europe, My Mother Wears Shades” and “After the Funeral.” PRISM International, Issue 58.2.

Meditation on the Worth of Anything” (winner of the Tupelo Quarterly 2019 Poetry Prize, judged by Hoa Nguyen) and “21 Lessons in the Art of Embouchure” (Finalist). Tupelo Quarterly, Issue 19.

You Don’t Have to Be Tough All By Yourself” and “Zuihitsu with Love for the Moon’s Failed Rebellion.” Scoundrel Time.

Recurring.” wildness journal by Platypus Press.

Pastoral in Which a Deer’s Thirst is the Tragic Hero.” Hyperallergic.

“Driving to York Prison in a Thunderbird.” We (Too) Are Philly: A Summer POC Poetry Festival Sampler. Curator: Raena Shirali.

Protege.” Scoundrel Time featured poem.

Redacted from a Know-Your-Rights Training Agenda” and “Portrait of My Father as a Pianist.” Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day. 

“Everything Will Always Be Okay” and “Because I Come from a Lack of Knowledge.” American Poetry Review, Vol. 46/No. 6.

“Elegy with a White Shirt” and “On ‘Elegy with a White Shirt’.” Kenyon Review, Resistance, Change, Survival Series. Reprinted in Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, edited by Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan (OR Books, 2018).

Interrogation in the Museum of Many Hungers” and “Syndrome.” (nominated for Best of the Net Anthology and a 2018 Pushcart Prize). Hot Metal Bridge, Issue 21.

The American Dream Writes to Orpheus.” The Massachusetts Review, Vol. 58, Issue 1, with featured interview 10 Questions with Cynthia Dewi Oka.

“Succession.” Meridian, Issue 38.

Post-Election Song of Myself.” The Blueshift Journal, Issue 6.

“For Khalil, First Responder, Whose Name Means ‘Friend’.” Dusie, the Asian Anglophone Edition, p. 181.

Under Our Feet.” Auburn Avenue, Inaugural Issue.

Winter Country,” “Pulses,” “From a Talisman’s Perspective,” and “Breach.” Painted Bride Quarterly, Issue 93.

Migrant Is Not a Metaphor” (nominated for a Pushcart Prize). Guernica Magazine, Future of Cities Issue.

“Lazarus Reconsiders His Awakening” and “Elegy for the Hellfire.” Big Bell, Issue 9.

“Sixteen,” and “Aubade.” Bedfellows, Issue 5.

“The Argument.” The Collapsar.

“The Men Who Turned Into Air,” “Garden State,” and “Time Stops on Mount Batur.” As Us Journal, Issue 5

“Elegy for Red.” The Wide Shore: A Journal of Global Women’s Poetry, Issue 2.

“Tonight We Drink Whiskey and Dive” and “After Coltrane.” Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, 40th Anniversary Special Issue.

“Promised Land: Sonnets for My Mother.” Black Renaissance Noire, Vol. 14, Issue 2.

“After Hurricane Sandy.” Kweli Journal. Selected for the Best of Kweli: An Aster(ix) Anthology, Blue Sketh Press, 2017.

“Siege: In Response to the Man Who Asked Me, ‘Where is the Courage in Your Poetry?'” and “Salvage.” Kalyani Magazine, Issue 4.

“Tabuh Rah” and “Though We Have No Chance for Escape, Encore.” Apogee Journal: Spotlight on Issue 3, Featured Artist. 

“Suppose You Were a Komodo Dragon.” Apogee Journal, Issue 3.

“Self-Portrait as the Last Will of Lot’s Wife” and “How to Watch the Act of Killing” (nominated for a Pushcart Prize and awarded the 2014 Editor’s Prize in Poetry). Fifth Wednesday Journal.

“Dear Poetry,” “Captive,” Ishtar of Suburbia,” and “Anthem.” Read Women: An Anthology, Locked Horn Press, 2014.

“Poem for Prisoner #46664” and “Notes on Captain Ahab’s Workshop Before the Poet is Harpooned.” Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writers’ Workshop, Thread Makes Blanket Press, 2014.

“Merapi” and “Arboretum.”

“The Furies,” “Ritual,” “Hinterland,” and “Ghazal for Father and Son.” Black Renaissance Noire, Vol. 13, Issue 1. 

“God Lives in the Downtown Eastside.” JMWW Magazine, Exquisite Duet Special Column. 

“Roads to a Dance” and “Soothsayer.” Generations Literary Journal, Issue 3. 

“Amulet.” Briarpatch Magazine. 

“Nomad’s Case for Silence.” Boxcar Poetry Review, Fall 2012. 

“Nomad Legend: Midwife” and “Nomad Legend: Moon’s Benediction.” Zocalo Poets. 

“On the Eighth Day,” “Postscript to Marx,” “Here,” “Citizen Apocalypse” and “(Unsubmitted) Prospectus of a Native Informant.” Briarpatch Magazine, Honorable Mention in Creative Writing Contest.

“Gentrify This!” Kweli Journal.

“The Catheter Speaks.” 580 Split: Journal of Arts and Letters, Issue 12.

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“How Bruce Lee combined martial arts with the blaxploitation genre.” The Undefeated. 

“How Zhang Weili’s UFC title win reclaims our common humanity.” The Undefeated. 

Cynthia Dewi Oka on Aracelis Girmay’s “Arroz Poetica.” Poetry Daily.

Becoming McFierce.” Mulan’s Reflection, a project by ESPNW celebrating Asian women athletes for the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Mulan.

Forum: Poets and Borders, Part 2Poetry International. 

“Our Only Refuge.” Briarpatch Magazine.

“Homeplace as Revolutionary Front.” Briarpatch Magazine. 

“Moving the Movement: A Multigenerational Ideal of Revolutionary Work.” Leftturn: Notes from the Global Intifada. 

“At the Gates of Fortress North America: Race-ing the SPP and Its Political Subject.” (With Alison Ayers). Studies in Political Economy, Vol 86.