The Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poets Series brings acclaimed poets to the Babson College community. This long running series honors diversity, inclusion, and artistic excellence.
Cynthia Dewi Oka is originally from Bali, Indonesia. She is the author of Fire Is Not a Country (2021), Salvage (2017) and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (2016). She is a recipient of the Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize and the Leeway Transformation Award. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, POETRY, Academy of American Poets, The Rumpus, PANK, Guernica, and elsewhere. She has taught creative writing at Bryn Mawr College and is a 2021-2022 Poet in Residence at the Amy Clampitt House in Lenox, MA.
“[Cynthnia Dewi Oka] traces the globe in gothic dimensions, revealing designs in the culture that would be transparent if not for the ‘brief . . . malevolent shadow[s]’ they cast. She invokes history’s ghosts to reckon with self-soverignty, and these poems help us map ourselves in a society where ‘having a body is not the same thing as being seen.’” – Gregory Pardlo
Series made possible in part by the Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet Fund.
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