Writing Poetry of Peculiar Joys

In these trying times of so much unrest and anxiety, how do we connect and, better yet, keep ourselves open to the very idea of letting others in? How can we reframe our expectations for the future, our hopes and happiness, through a poetry of a new, sometimes painful, but necessary candor? In this six-week online workshop, we’ll examine the complexities of joy through the lenses and modes of fragile familial ties, turbulent love affairs and even the elegy, delving into contemporary poetry by Carolina Ebeid, Helen Mort, Natasha Tretheway, Ross Gay, Traci Brimhall, Keith S. Wilson, Darrel Alejandro Holnes and more. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Thursday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: Rosebud Ben-Oni
  • Level: II
  • Dates: Nov 3–Dec 15, 2022 (November 24 off)
  • Time: Thursdays, 6:30–9:30 pm (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $445
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, OCT 30, 2022
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, SEPT 18
Rosebud Ben-Oni

Rosebud Ben-Oni

Rosebud Ben-Oni is the winner of the 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery (2021) and the author of turn around, BRXGHT XYXS (Get Fresh Books, 2019). Her chapbook 20 Atomic Sonnets, which appears in Black Warrior Review (2020), is part of a larger future project called The Atomic Sonnets, which she began in 2019 in honor of the Periodic Table’s 150th Birthday. She is a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow and the recipient of a 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry. Her work appears in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Tin House, Guernica and TriQuarterly, among others. In 2017, her poem “Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark” was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NYC and published by Kenyon Review online. Recently, her poem “Dancing with Kiko on the Moon” was featured on Tracy K. Smith’s The Slowdown. She writes for the Kenyon Review blog.