- B.A. Honours in Political Science from Simon Fraser University (Canada)
- M.F.A. in Poetry from Warren Wilson College
Cynthia Dewi Oka is the author of Salvage (Northwestern University Press, 2017) and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket Press, 2016).
A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared widely online and in print, including in Academy of American Poets, American Poetry Review, Pleiades, Guernica, Hyperallergic, Kenyon Review, PRISM International, ESPNW, The Undefeated, and elsewhere. She has received scholarships from Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and the Vermont Studio Center, and has been awarded the Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize, the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor's Prize in Poetry, the Leeway Foundation's Transformation Award, and the Amy Clampitt Residency.
She is a contributor to numerous anthologies including What Saves Us: Poems of Outrage and Empathy in the Age of Trump (Northwestern University Press, 2019), Who Will Speak for America (Temple University Press, 2018), Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (OR Press, 2018), and Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines (PM Press, 2016). As a 2016 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grantee, she partnered with Asian Arts Initiative to create Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry Workshop for immigrant poets in Philadelphia, and she has also taught poetry for The Speakeasy Project and The Blue Stoop. She is originally from Bali, Indonesia.