Rosemary Tantra Bensko – writing as Tantra Bensko -has a couple hundred flashes, short stories, novelettes, and a novella in journals such as Mad Hatters Review, The Journal of Experimental Fiction, Fiction International, The Fabulist and anthologies such as Women Writing the Weird I and II, Surreal South, Holdfast, Up, Do, Not Somewhere Else But Here, Looking Back, Writing Disorder 2, Redacted Stories, Quantum Genre on the Planet of the Arts, Cellar Door 111, No Site for the Saved, Cadavre Exquis, Ironic Fantastic 3, Triangulation: Parch. She also has a substantial number of poems in journals and anthologies, such as Chatahoochie Review, Carolina Quarterly, Floria Review, Hawaii Review, and North of Wakulla.
She has chapbooks, such as The Cabinet of What You Don’t See (ISMs Press), and a science fiction novel, Unside, to be published by Driven Press. She also has a writing instruction workbook. She has published other people’s work through a magazine and LucidPlay Publishing, maintains a popular resource site about experimental writing.
She has won awards with both her poetry and fiction including Carolina Quarterly — the Academy of American Poets Award, two awards from Cezanne’s Carrot, Punkpen, The Iowa Journal of Literary Studies award, and the Oblongata Award from Medulla Review. Nominated for Pushcart for Redacted, Blue Fifth Review, Rose and Thorn, A-Minor, and Metazen, proudly along with a piece by Richard Thomas. Finalist Flash Mob, short list Glimmertrain, top 100 flashes from Wigleaf for 2013.
She earned her MA from FSU and MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop, teaching both places and at Memphis State. She has taught for years through UCLA X Writing Program and her own academy online. She lives in Berkeley.
I thought the lectures were the best so far on Writers.com. Assignments were also very good.
I love Rosemary. Her feedback was generous and helpful. I plan to take another [class] soon. Thank you!…Laura Secor
Have you always wanted to write the perfect story? Explore your inner visions and commit them to paper? Be prepared, Tantra Bensko will set you on fire…as a teacher she has the unique gift to be able to identify within you your innate spark of creativity and ignite the ether of your imagination, to reveal to you the magic of your words. She is that good. As a writer I can testify to the value of working with Tantra. Growing up I have always enjoyed words. I love to spin them around, phrasing moments in time, to make them clear and born anew. And when I took her class, Tantra got that right away and encouraged me to play with the tools of language, providing me resources to help stretch my imagination. With her tutorship, I was able to refine my writing skills while retaining the desire to honor that which flows from the heart. That is a very good thing. I wholeheartedly recommend you take this class and allow Tantra to help you to bring your writing up to the next level… Paul Barnett