Cynthia Amoah is a writer, spoken word artist, and national performance poet currently based in NYC, United States. Born in Kumasi, Ghana and raised abroad, Cynthia began writing and reciting poetry at an early age through national poetry recitation competitions. It was the experience of participating in this contest of learning the art of recitation – outside of her own journal entries – where Cynthia first learned the true essence of the spoken word art form.
Spoken word poetry has always fascinated Cynthia. She believes that there is something about the tone of one’s voice, it’s influxes and invasions until it arrives at an idea, a thought, that is beautiful. There, in that moment, is where she lives, on the boundary between what she writes on the page and how the words sound when she performs them. Her poetry is her truth. It is her resistance and her way of telling her story.
Cynthia’s work and voice often reflect the strong oral traditions, language, and resilience of her homeland, Ghana. Her poignant poems often explore themes of community, the value of culture, and a dedication to self-identity. She has come to the realization – at this point in her career – that poetry is not only her career, rather it is who she is and it is not something she can run away from.
Cynthia’s work has been featured on the stages of The Lincoln Theatre, The King Arts Complex, Applause Africa’s The African Diaspora Awards 2017, and TEDxOhioStateUniversity where she performed her most notable poem Honam.
Find Amoah on all social media under her name or alias, @PoetessCynthia. You may also follow her journey and check out more of her work on her website at: cynthiaamoah