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Rosebud Ben-Oni

Jewish Artistic Expression and Social Justice Educator

Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is the winner of 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery, forthcoming in 2021, and the author of turn around, BRXGHT XYXS (Get Fresh Books, 2019). Her chapbook 20 Atomic Sonnets, which appears online in Black Warrior Review (2020), is part of a larger future project called The Atomic Sonnets, which she began in 2019, in honor of the Periodic Table’s 150th Birthday.

She is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. Her work appears in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Poetry Society of America (PSA), The Poetry Review (UK), Tin House, Guernica, Black Warrior Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Electric Literature, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ecotone, The Missouri Review, The Journal, Hunger Mountain, The Adroit Journal, The Southeast Review, Salamander, Poetry Northwest, Arts & Letters, North American Review, among others.

In 2017, her poem “Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark” was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NYC, and published by The Kenyon Review Online. Her poem “Dancing with Kiko on the Moon” was recently featured in Tracy K. Smith’s The Slowdown. She has an essay forthcoming in Halimah Marcus’s new anthology HORSE GIRLS (Harper Perennial, 2021) alongside Carmen Maria Machado, Adrienne Celt, T Kira Madden, Maggie Shipstead and others. She’s part of the QUEENSBOUND project, and took part in The Onassis Foundation’s ENTER exhibition. She lives in New York City, where she teaches poetry workshops at Catapult, The Speakeasy Project and UCLA Writers’ Program online; she also writes weekly for The Kenyon Review blog.

  Instagram: @matarose

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February 2021

Jewish Poets, Poems and Racial Justice (Winter 2021)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 thru Wednesday, March 31, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
$108 – $180

We are living in a time of awakening and renewed struggle for racial justice, and a rich body of poetry is growing that engages with this. Poems give voice: they can contain complex honesties and open up new perspectives.

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