Cynthia Dewi Oka is a poet and author of Nomad of Salt and Hard Water. Her poetry has or will soon appear in The Massachusetts Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, Apogee, The Wide Shore, As Us Journal, Terrain.org, The Collapsar, Kweli Journal, and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize nominee and alumnus of Voices of Our Nations (VONA), she has been awarded the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor’s Prize in Poetry and an artist grant from the Vermont Studio Center. Cynthia is based in South Jersey/Philadelphia. Her next book of poems is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press.