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Ariana Benson

Ariana Benson was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Their debut poetry collection, Black Pastoral (UGA Press, 2023), was selected by Willie Perdomo as winner of the 2022 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. They were a 2023 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow and was a 2022 recipient of the Furious Flower Poetry Prize and runner-up for the 2023 92NY Discovery Prize Contest. Benson’s poems appear or are forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, the Yale Review, Copper Nickel, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. Through her writing, she strives to fashion vignettes of Blackness that speak to its infinite depth and richness. She is currently completing her MFA at Washington University in St. Louis.