Dwight Okita was born and raised in Chicago. He started out as a poet which led to the publication of his book CROSSING WITH THE LIGHT by very cool Tia Chucha Press. He also collaborated on a poetry video of the same name, which garnered coverage on NPR, various newspapers and aired on public television's show "Image Union." Each year his poems are reprinted in textbooks such as THE NORTON INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE. He is Japanese American and a gay man. He appeared in the documentary "Out and Proud in Chicago" available on Amazon. Okita also has written personal essays for WBEZ Radio, the Chicago affiliate of NPR, and read his poetry on Ira Glass' popular radio show "This American Life."
In time, however, he strayed from his first love of poetry to write for the theater. (After all, he plays well with others too.) The canvas of poetry seemed too small and he moved on to the stage. As a playwright, he was resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists for a decade. His produced plays including THE RAINY SEASON was produced by Zebra Crossing Theatre (which appears in ASIAN AMERICAN DRAMA by Applause). THE SALAD BOWL DANCE was commissioned by Chicago Historical Society. The collaborative work THE RADIANCE OF A THOUSAND SUNS was produced by Bailiwick Repertory and won a Joseph Jefferson Citation. RICHARD SPECK was commissioned by American Blues Theatre. A short play, it was much-raved and darkly comic.
In time, Okita missed having a direct relationship with an audience which he enjoyed as a performing poet. And he was intrigued by the god-like job of being a novelist who creates worlds and characters and dialogue and poetic imagery.
The author's debut novel, THE PROSPECT OF MY ARRIVAL, was a finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Considered soft sci-fi or speculative fiction, the book was well -reviewed and is available on Amazon. He is represented by Affirmative Entertainment in LA which tries to get film deals for his books. THE HOPE STORE is the author's second novel. It's about the first store in the world to sell hope over the counter. EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE is Okita's third novel. This one explores the possibility of love and reincarnation in a cynical world.
To see a book trailer for his novel PROSPECT OF MY ARRIVAL,
Okita continues to live in Chicago where he drinks too much coffee and is grateful for the diverse circle of friends, family, and colleagues that allow him to be part of their lives. You're welcome to visit his website: http://www.DwightOkita.com
AUTHOR NOTE. In May 2013, the author published a revised edition of PROSPECT which includes book reviews, discussion questions for book clubs, and the opening 20 pages of his new novel THE HOPE STORE.