Cynthia Dewi Oka features at The November edition of The Nine On The Ninth

WHAT: The Nine on the Ninth Monthly Poetry Series featuring Cynthia Dewi Oka

WHEN: Saturday, November 9th, 2013 / Doors open between 8:15- 8:30pm. Show starts @ 9pm.

COST: As of January 15th 2012, all Busboys and Poets Poetry Events are now $5.00. You can now also purchase your poetry event wristbands online on the day of the event starting at 12:00am while supplies last, here . You can also purchase wristbands in person at the 14th &Vst location in the Teaching For Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore at 10:00am.

The limited open mic list opens between 8:30-8:45pm. So I suggest if you wish to get on the list, you may want to arrive at 8:15pm to get a good seat.

WHO: Cynthia Dewi Oka

WHERE: BusBoys And Poets in The Langston Room
2021 14th St NW (at the corner of 14th and Vst N.W.)
Washington DC 20009
202-387-7638 (POET)

Metro Accessible: Green Line/ Ust Cardozo stop

HOSTED BY: Busboys and Poets own former Poet-In-Residence Derrick Weston Brown

Born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, I migrated to Canada with my family at the age of 10 and lived in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories, for the next 17 years before arriving in New Jersey. A survivor and former teen mom, it took me many years and convoluted paths before I found the courage to follow my calling as a poet.

My poems have appeared in publications across Canada and the US, including Kweli Journal, 580 Split, Briarpatch Magazine, Borderline Poetry, Zocalo Poets, Generations Literary Journal, Boxcar Poetry Review, Ozone Park Journal, JMWW Magazine and (forthcoming). My essays have been published in Briarpatch Magazine and Leftturn: the Global Intifada.

Poetry saved my life. Now, I write to salvage what has been condemned and broken beyond repair, to recover what is lost of my (our) humanity; I write for illumination and healing.

The Nine On The Ninth is a now legendary monthly poetry series that debuted back in October 2005. It’s a feature driven format, which means, the feature opens the show and the open mic follows. We do this to make sure you get the full effect of each and every specially selected feature we bring to the Langston Room stage, and we’ve had plenty; From Def Poetry Jam’s, Tara Betts, Bassey Ikpi, Roger Bonair-Agard and Regie Cabico, to award winning poets such as Reginald Dwayne Betts, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Sarah Browning, to rare visits by Grammy nominated artists Chrystylez Bacon and Carolyn Malachi.

Immediately following the feature we hold a 10 to 15 minute nine question interview and audience Q&A with the artist that we call the BluePrint Sessions, before we finally slip into the limited open mic to close out the event. Thus you get a full show and have your appetite for people and poetry satisfied. Now then…

Where do you need to be on Saturday Evening evening, November 9th, 2013?

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Review of ‘nomad’ on The Lit Pub

A fierce testament and testimony, Nomad of Salt and Hard Water is poet Cynthia Dewi Oka’s first collection, published by Dinah Press. It manages to be simultaneously cinematic and intimate, much in the way a large metropolis like Los Angeles or New York City can be — millions of people feeling every human emotion while somehow as a whole, the city is so much larger than the details.

Kenji Liu, a Pushcart Prize nominee and first runner-up finalist for the Poets & Writers 2013 California Writers Exchange Award, reviewed nomad of salt and hard water for The Lit Pub. Read the full, beautiful review here:

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Reading in Boston for Cynthia Dewi Oka and VONA!

Cynthia Dewi Oka will be reading at an off-site event at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Boston this weekend!
Saturday March 9th
6:30-8:30pm at Make Shift Boston
549 Columbus Ave

Short readings from Cynthia Oka, Minal Hajratwala, Andrea Walls, Camille Acker, Torrie Valentine, Jenn De Leon, Ching-In Chen, Anna Alves, Vanessa Martir, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Seve Torres, Tanya Perez-Brennan, Gail Dottin, Dionne Irving Bremyer, Buki Papillon, Alejandro Nodarse, Odilia Galvan Rodriquez, Melissa Rae Sipin-Gabon.

Click here to view the flyer!
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nomad launch party!

We’re thrilled to announce Cynthia Dewi Oka‘s launch party! After a delay due to Hurricane Sandy, Cynthia will be celebrating the release of her poetry collection, nomad of salt and hard water.

When: Saturday, January 12, 6-8 p.m.
Where: La Casa Azul Bookstore, 143 E. 103rd Street, NYC

See you there!

a poster advertising the launch party, with an author bio and blurbs.

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