Writing the Sex Poem

Enough with the love poem—what of sex itself? In this six-week online workshop, we’ll explore different facets and themes involved in writing the sex poem, such as eroticism, sensory delights (and deprivations), pleasures, boundaries, rave, EDM and other audio-visual experiences, so that one might recenter narrative and inspiration from both brief and prolonged intimacies. We’ll read work by Safiya Sinclair, Paul Tran, Roy G. Guzmán, Christian Gullette, Natalie Diaz, Carl Phillips, Chen Chen and more. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Tuesday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: Rosebud Ben-Oni
  • Level: II
  • Dates: Jun 28–Aug 2, 2022
  • Time: Tuesdays, 6:30–9:30 pm (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $445
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, JUN 19, 2022
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, JUNE 19
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.