Ariana Benson


Ariana Benson (@literari_ana) is from Chesapeake, Virginia. She received the 2021 Graybeal-Gowen Prize and was a finalist for the 2021 Pink Poetry Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Obsidian, West Branch, Shenandoah, Great River Review, and Auburn Avenue, where she serves as nonfiction editor, and elsewhere. Through her writing, she strives to fashion vignettes of Blackness that speak to its infinite depth and richness.

  • August 25, 2021 Ariana Benson
    Photo by Simone Dalmeri / Unsplash Series editor’s note: With the opening poems of the 2021 series, Ariana Benson resurrects vivid, fleshy worlds, in which Black boys are immersed in fawnhoo…