Space Songs & Planetary Poetics

Still salty over Pluto’s downgrade to a dwarf planet? Wondering about life on other exoplanets? Did you stay up late to watch and then hold your breath when Artemis launched? Is poetry the future of communication with extraterrestrials?! In this weekly drop-in class, we’ll go on a virtual and poetic exploration together, drawing inspiration from the solar system and beyond through a series of guided prompts, drawing inspiration from poets like Tracy K. Smith, Monica Ong, Mai Der Vang, Beth Bachmann and more. Each week, we’ll dive into different themes like space travel, the Big Bang, dark matter, dark energy, the colonization of Mars, and yes, Pluto, ever contentious Pluto, who in poetry at least can have her day (or light year). This class is meant to challenge, inspire and empower the way you see yourself and your poetry against the much larger scope of the universe. Sharing will be encouraged but optional. (Note that drop-in classes are not a forum for critique of work; students looking for critique should register for multi-week workshops.)

Drop-In Details


  • Teacher: Rosebud Ben-Oni
  • Dates: Jan 11–Mar 1, 2023
  • Time: Wednesdays, 7:00–8:00 pm
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: $23 in advance / $25 at the door
    $20 for members anytime
  • Upcoming dates off: Jan 25 cancelled

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Rosebud Ben-Oni

Rosebud Ben-Oni

Rosebud Ben-Oni is the author of several collections of poetry, including If This Is the Age We End Discovery (March 2021), which won the Alice James Award and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She has received fellowships and grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, City Artists Corps, Café Royal Cultural Foundation, CantoMundo and Queens Council on the Arts. Her work appears in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Poetry Society of America, the Poetry Review (UK), Poetry Wales, Tin House, Guernica and Electric Literature, among other places. Her poem “Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark” was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NYC, and her poem “Dancing with Kiko on the Moon” was featured on Tracy K. Smith’s The Slowdown. In May 2022, Paramount commissioned her video essay “My Judaism is a Wild Unplace” for a campaign for Jewish Heritage Month, which appeared on Paramount Network, MTV Networks, The Smithsonian Channel and VH1, among many other places. In January 2023, she’ll perform at Carnegie Hall on International Holocaust Memorial Day as part of “We Are Here: Songs From The Holocaust.”