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Borders and Identity: The Poetics of Place with Rosebud Ben-Oni
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Oct 12, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
How do borders shape poetry and the poetic self? Can existing divisions generate new spaces for creativity? This workshop will explore the dynamics existing within and arising out of different kinds of borders not only geographical but also racial, ethnic, sexual, familial and linguistic. We will also examine how contemporary poets breathe new life into traditional forms such as the aubade and the ode through the use of borders to subvert existing dominant narratives and bear witness to current events. Students will write and share work, drawing inspiration from various poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Tara Betts, Eduardo C. Corral, Ocean Vuong and Cornelius Eady.
Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a CantoMundo Fellow. She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan, a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a graduate of the Women’s Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater in NYC. She is the author of SOLECISM (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013), a contributor to The Conversant and an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her work appears or is forthcoming in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, The Journal, among others. She writes weekly for The Kenyon Review. She lives in New York City with her husband.