Cynthia Dewi Oka is a poet and author of Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016). A Pushcart Prize Nominee and VONA alum, her work has or will soon appear in Guernica, Black Renaissance Noire, As/Us Journal, The Wide Shore, Kweli, Apogee, Obsidian, The Massachusetts Review, and other publications. She has received an artist grant from the Vermont Studio Center and the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor’s Prize in Poetry. Cynthia was born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, and is currently based in New Jersey. Her next collection is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press.