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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dwight Okita  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: August 26, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Dwight was born in and still resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dwight Okita is a contemporary poet. He was educated at the University of Illinois Chicago Circle. Okita has also written plays.To see Sally Parson's review of Okita's book ''The Prospect of My Arrival'' in the ''Windy City Times'', go to: []


Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, 1988, for Achievement in Poetry

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes), Contact author directly at [] '''Upcoming Appearance''' Book Signing and Reading 7 30pm, Wedneday, Oct 26, 2011 at Women & Children First - 5233 N Clark, Chicago

Selected Titles At Your Library

Crossing with the light /
ISBN: 0962428795. OCLC Number: 27871931

Tia Chucha Press,. .

The prospect of my arrival :
ISBN: 1460959892. OCLC Number: 772451364

CreateSpace,. .

I was given the name Prospect because people have high hopes for me. So begins the story of a human embryo that is allowed to preview the world before deciding whether to be born. The embryo, named Prospect, is given a starter kit of human knowledge, and his consciousness is inserted into a synthetic twenty-year old body. To help him make up his mind, he will meet a range of people. Among them, a greeting card writer who excels at sympathy cards, and Prospect's very own inscrutable parents. Trish Mesmer is the scientist charged with counseling Prospect, though she has more hidden agendas than a centipede has legs. At the same time, Trevor Grueling grows increasingly committed to derailing the bio-experiment all together. This cautionary tale is served up with equal helpings of whimsy and dread, with just a dash of hope.