Benjamin Rhodes

Poetry | Kent State University | Class of 2022

In Glitter Tongue and Awake & Unafraid, Benjamin Rhodes brings down the house in anthem after anthem, through poems that chronicle joy’s triumph over pain. With narratives electrified by pop culture cameos ranging from Elliot Page to Gerard Way to Zendaya, Rhodes’s poems lead us to the dance floor and remind us that we are never alone.  —Mary Biddinger


About Benjamin

Benjamin Anthony Rhodes is a queer and trans poet living in Northeast Ohio, where he earned his MFA through Kent State University. Born and bred on the bayou, Benjamin hails from Louisiana. His work can be found in Cleveland Review of Books, Limp Wrist, Freezeray Poetry, Sidereal Magazine, and elsewhere. 

What’s your secret talent?

I can play the baritone ukulele 😊

What’s on your nightstand right now?

On top of my nightstand are just prescription medications and a cloth to clean my eyeglasses. What's fun is what’s inside my nightstand drawer 😉

Do you have any eccentric habits/strategies to get you started writing?

I always find it helpful to have at least two beverages on my desk as I write: a hot tea, and a cold glass of water.