The daughter of a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow; she 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 collections Solecism (2013) and turn around, BRXGHT, XYXS (2019). She is a contributor to The Conversant and an editorial advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her work appears in The American Poetry Review, Tin House, Black Warrior Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, among others; recently, her poem "Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark" was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. She writes weekly for The Kenyon Review blog, and teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension's Writers' Program.