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Published on Dec 27, 2007
Ryka Aoki de la Cruz is a trans goth dyke who has been published most recently in Beyond the Valley of Contemporary Poets, Girlchick.com, Grand Street, FEM Magazine, the Southern Poetry Review, Lodestar Quarterly, and Tsur. Ryka has work in the forthcoming anthology Poetry is Not a Luxury: Poems by L.A. Women of Color. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University, is a founder of Cornell University's Asian American Playhouse, and head coach of Cornell's Ivy League Judo Championship Team. She is the recipient of a University Award from the Academy of American Poets. Ryka has worked with the American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors, and two of her compositions have been adopted by the group as its official "Songs of Peace." She has featured at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, ForWord Girls and Intercourse -- A Sex and Gender Recipe for Revolution, in San Francisco, Cliterati in Atlanta, and Gen Estro in Minneapolis. She teaches writing at Santa Monica College and serves on the Transgender Advisory Board for APIHR (Asian Pacific Islanders for Human Rights)