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 that 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 that 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. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing, concentration in Poetry at The New School, New York, NY. 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.” Currently based in New York City by way of Columbus, OH, she has been featured on the stages of The Lincoln Theatre, The King Arts Complex, and TEDxOhioStateUniversity where she performed her most notable poem Honam. She also recently had the opportunity to serve as an apprentice writer for Columbus-based arts collective, Maroon Arts Group’s “Write the Power” writer’s residency. Cynthia has been published in OURS magazine and Honam was recently selected for the longlist of the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize 2016.
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.