Cynthia Dewi Oka is a poet, and the author of Salvage: Poems (Northwestern University Press, 2017) and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016).
Writing about displacement and reverberations of political violence across borders and generations, her work has appeared in ESPNW, Hyperallergic, wildness, Guernica, Poets.org, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere.
A former teen mom, she’s currently writing her third book-length manuscript and pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Warren Wilson College while working for a national organization that fights for gender, climate, and economic justice. As a poet, she leans toward the lyric and experimental; as a reader, she loves high fantasy and science fiction. Having recently finished reading Teju Cole’s Open City, Fanny Howe’s The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life,and Brandon Sanderson’s Wax and Wayne Mistborn series, she’s currently deep in George Oppen’s Selected Poems and The Reactionary Mind (2nd edition)by Corey Robin.
photo by: Cathie Berrey-Green