Mentor Interview: Rosebud Ben-Oni

Mentor Interview: Rosebud Ben-Oni

We are pleased to present an interview with Rosebud Ben-Oni.


Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. Her most recent collection of poems, turn around, BRXGHT XYXS, was selected as Agape Editions' EDITORS' CHOICE, and will be published in 2019. She writes weekly for The Kenyon Review blog and is an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.


Her work appears in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Tin House, The Poetry Review (UK), Black Warrior Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Arts & Letters, Underblong, among others; recently, 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. She teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension's Writers' Program and here, at The Speakeasy Project.


Rosebud Ben-Oni is a reoccurring mentor for The Speakeasy Project’s All Ages Workshop. If you’d like the opportunity to work with and learn from her, apply for our winter workshop here:


A former blog interviewer of ours, Tiffani Ren, had the opportunity to interview her. Here is what she had to say: