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.
Audio & PodcastsThe Poetry Magazine Podcast
March 2015: "The Antihero"
Listen to new poems by Miller Oberman, Rosebud Ben-Oni, and Aram Saroyan; plus Kate Farrell talks with the editors about an unfinished Kenneth Koch poem.