Last Thursday, the Creative Writing program at Indiana State hosted a “Meet the Author” event via Zoom. This event was just one part in the Theodore Dreiser Visiting Series, a program that lets students from ISU meet published and professional authors. The program is made possible through support of the College of Arts and Sciences and ISU’s Distance Education Program.

 The featured author was poet Rosebud Ben-Oni, who was a winner of the 2019 Alice James award and the 2021 City Arts Grant award. She is best known for her book “If This is the Age We End Discovery,” a collection of poems incorporating science into the creative world. Ben-Oni read poems from her books, giving her audience of students a first-hand look on how the author interprets the text. Once Ben-Oni was finished, students and faculty attending were able to ask their questions about Ben-Oni or the poems. Many students used this time to ask Rosebud Ben-Oni about the publishing process, and all it entails.

Members of the Creative Writing Society were also in attendance, and the chat room was rapidly commenting on about how amazing of an opportunity it is to meet a successful author. Ben-Oni gave her advice to the audience of aspiring writers, while also reminding everyone that science and writing can be integrated. “Drawing from pop culture and science, exploring relationships with family and faith, and welcoming the wonder of the unknown all with curiosity, compassion, beauty and grace.” says Dr. Amy Ash in her introduction, “Rosebud Ben-Oni proves once and for all that that poetry and science are sisters.”

Rosebud Ben-Oni also made a visit to one of Dr. Ash’s writing classes, to offer the same advice and share her works. Writing students at ISU all expressed their gratitude for this incredible opportunity.