Witches & Warriors Reading with Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Cynthia Dewi Oka

Event date: 
Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Watershed Center
44 Kaye Road
Millerton, NY 12546


Presented by Brew and Forge.

This reading, followed by a book signing, will be the culmination of the inaugural “Witches and Warriors” retreat for BIPOC poets, organizers, and movement builders. As two leading voices in the space where literature and activism meet, Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Cynthia Dewi Oka bring together radical politics and innovative poetics to create new possibilities in feminism, queer liberation, racial justice, and climate justice. In this time of rage and despair, this evening promises inspiration, renewal, and solidarity in the continued work for justice.

Tickets are free, but space is limited, so please RSVP at tinyurl.com/WWReadingEvent

Alexis Pauline GumbsCynthia Dewi Oka


Alexis Pauline Gumbs is the author of Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals (winner of the 2022 Whiting Award for Nonfiction), Dub: Finding Ceremony, M Archive: After the End of the World, and Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, and co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines. Her writing has appeared in publications including Make/Shift, Left Turn, The Abolitionist, Ms. Magazine, and more. She holds a PhD in English, African and African American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University and is the co-founder of Black Feminist Film School, an initiative to screen, study, and produce films with a Black feminist ethic. In 2020, she was awarded the National Humanities Center Fellowship for her book-in-progress, The Eternal Life of Audre Lorde. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.


Originally from Bali, Indonesia, Cynthia Dewi Oka is the author of Fire Is Not a Country (2021) and Salvage (2017) from Northwestern University Press, and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (2016) from Thread Makes Blanket Press. Her fourth poetry collection, A Tinderbox in Three Acts, is a Blessing the Boats Selection chosen by Aracelis Girmay and is forthcoming in fall 2022 from BOA Editions. A recipient of the Amy Clampitt Residency, Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize, and the Leeway Transformation Award, her writing appears in The Atlantic, POETRY, Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere. An alumnus of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, she has taught creative writing at Bryn Mawr College, New Mexico State University and Voices of Our Nations (VONA). For fifteen years, Cynthia worked as an organizer, trainer, and fundraiser in social movements for gender, racial, economic, and migrant justice. As an immigrant and former young single mother with working-class roots, her aesthetics are guided by her core values: self-determination, collaboration, and attention to the peripheral. She writes to be free.

This event will take place outdoors at the Watershed Center. Seating will be limited, so please feel free to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs, as well as bug spray, water bottles, and whatever you may need to be comfortable. Please park along Kaye Road.

Accessibility: The parking lot (to the right as you come in) will temporarily be reserved for people with disabilities. The event will take place in a grass field, and the pathway to the event location is unpaved with a slight decline.

Copies of books by both authors will be available for purchase at this event from Oblong Books

Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals By Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Adrienne Maree Brown (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781849353977
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: AK Press - November 17th, 2020

Fire Is Not a Country: Poems By Cynthia Dewi Oka Cover Image
ISBN: 9780810144217
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: TriQuarterly - November 22nd, 2021

Salvage: Poems By Cynthia Dewi Oka Cover Image
ISBN: 9780810136298
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: TriQuarterly - December 15th, 2017

M Archive: After the End of the World By Alexis Pauline Gumbs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822370840
Availability: Available in our Warehouse: Usually Ships in 3-8 Days
Published: Duke University Press - March 9th, 2018