I am a Poet: Cynthia Dewi Oka

Portrait of Cynthia Dewi Oka surrounded by trees.

Originally born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, Cynthia Dewi Oka is currently based in the Greater Philadelphia Area. She is the author of “Salvage” and “Nomad of Salt and Hard Water.” Cynthia earned her MFA as a Holden Fellow at Warren Wilson College. To keep up with Cynthia, go to and follow her on IG @freedewi.

What are you eating for comfort?

Indomie (the original, with fried eggs)!! #breakfastofchampions Also, ungodly amounts of chocolate. And Yakult, whenever it’s available.

What are you binge watching? re-watching?

Binging *all the K-dramas* but my fave one so far is Itaewon Class. You can watch it on Netflix.

What was the last thing that made you smile or laugh?

Crash Landing on You (I’m telling you – *all the K-dramas*)

What is a poem you’d like to share with our readers?

I’ve been working on visual poems for National Poetry Month. Here’s one I just shared yesterday on my IG (@freedewi):

Is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers?

Don’t create for productivity. Create for joy.

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