Rosebud Ben-Oni

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The daughter of a Mexican mother and Jewish father, fiction writer, playwright and poet Rosebud Ben-Oni earned a BA at New York University, where she was a Leopold Schepp Scholar, and a MFA at the University of Michigan, where she was a Rackham Merit Fellow. She completed postgraduate studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she was a Horace Goldsmith Scholar.
 
Ben-Oni’s poems examine the layers and gaps of multicultural identity. In a 2013 review of Solecism for Bookslut, Anne Champion observes that in her poems Ben-Oni “explores cultural trespassing in the midst of a multicultural atmosphere whose rigid categories create a dizzying and disorienting sense of exclusion for the speakers of these poems—voices desperate to assert truths while carving out a contact zone in which various cultures intermingle and collide.”
 
She is the author of the poetry collection Solecism (2013). Her work has also been featured in the anthologies Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience (2011, edited by Stacy Bierlein, Gina Frangello, Cris Mazza and Kat Meads) and Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of Contemporary XXperimental Prose by Women Writers (2008, edited by Nava Renek). Ben-Oni’s plays have been produced in New York, Washington DC, and Toronto. She is a graduate of the Women’s Work Lab and a playwright at New Perspectives Theater. She has served as aCantoMundo fellow and won a 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry. 

Ben-Oni was a co-editor for HER KIND, the blog of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, from 2012 to 2013 and is now an editorial advisor. She lives in New York.

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The daughter of a Mexican mother and Jewish father, fiction writer, playwright and poet Rosebud Ben-Oni earned a BA at New York University, where she was a Leopold Schepp Scholar, and a MFA at the University of Michigan, where she was a Rackham Merit Fellow. She completed postgraduate studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she was a Horace Goldsmith Scholar.
 
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