Cynthia Amoah is a spoken word artist, performer, and writer who started her artistry through national poetry recitation competitions and motivational talks in 2006. Since the onset of her career, Cynthia’s dynamic voice has captured diverse audiences and her authentic stage presence has left them inspired after every performance. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, her voice – perhaps – reflects the strong and colorful oral traditions of her homeland. They cultivate, shape, and move her work in ways she believes has been purposed to her life. An activist in her own right, her literary pieces often highlight the forgotten stories of the world, while transcending the oftentimes marginalized groups she delineates in her work.
In 2013, Cynthia graduated from Binghamton University in upstate New York, with a B.A. in Political Science and Africana Studies. During her undergraduate experience, she was a lead contributor for the poetry column of “The BU Pipe Dream,” Binghamton University’s local newspaper, and co-created and hosted BU’s WHRW Radio show entitled, “For My Sisters.” Cynthia is currently pursing an MFA in Creative Writing, concentration in Poetry at The New School, New York, NY and has been featured on the stages of The Lincoln Theatre, The King Arts Complex, TEDxDrewUniversity, and TEDxOhioStateUniversity where she performed her most notable poem Honam. In 2016, she served as apprentice writer for Columbus-based arts collective, Maroon Arts Group’s “Write the Power” writer’s residency, joining 7 other writers in the creation of a social-justice centered choreopoem that came to life on the stage in June 2018. Cynthia hopes to debut an all woman poetry showcase, “Women & Words,” featuring Ghanaian writers, poets, and artists in Accra, Ghana on December 21st, 2018.
Cynthia recently received honorable mention for the Paul Violi Poetry Prize in 2018 and was selected for the longlist of the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize in 2016 & 2018. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in OURS Magazine, Nimrod Journal, and Crab Orchard Review. Through her literary works and performance, Cynthia aspires to leave an indelible mark on the way in which we discuss race, gender, and social justice. Her poignant poems often explore themes of community, the value of culture, and a dedication to self-identity.