On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Cynthia Dewi Oka as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).
The evening includes an Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long. Please arrive by 6:50pm to secure a spot in the Open.
After the break, participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt; then, Cynthia Dewi Oka will read.
Cynthia Dewi Oka is a poet and the author of Salvage (Northwestern University Press, 2017) and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016). A two-time Pushcart Prize Nominee, she has received the Fifth Wednesday Journal’s Editor’s Prize in Poetry, scholarships from Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and Vermont Studio Center, and the Leeway Foundation Art and Change grant, with which she created Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry Workshop for immigrant poets in Philadelphia. Her poetry has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Guernica, Black Renaissance Noire, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Blueshift Journal, Best of Kweli: An Aster(ix) Anthology, and elsewhere. Originally born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, she is currently based in South Jersey and works as a community organizer with the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia. She is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College.