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Marinna Benzon, Author of Millennial Dogeater, "Be Aware of What You Are"

Marinna's chapbook, “Millennial Dogeater” is a collection of poems that voices honest and subversive narratives of a queer first-generation woman navigating her position in America.

The least enjoyable part of a college class is filling out that time-consuming evaluation at the end of the semester, but for San Francisco’s Marinna Benzon, it was the beginning of her creative writing career. Poet, actor, and filmmaker, Benzon found her love for the arts of communication while writing a student teacher review.

“I found myself inadvertently interested in creative writing from one instance where I had to write a student teacher review in a high school history class that I despised. Shortly thereafter, my history teacher stopped me in the halls and said that though the content was tough to hear, he believed that I should dive into creative writing,” said Benzon.

Prior to Benzon’s creative course evaluation, she had a journal growing up just like any other 12 year olds but along with writing about her life as a middle schooler she got into writing classical poetry. As time went on and her relationship with poetry grew, she has had the opportunity to be published in several magazines and blogs such as “280 Characters” in Goat’s Milk Magazine, “Sit This Way” in Zanna Magazine Issue #4, “I Want to Hold Your Hand in Public” Firefly Collective Literary Blog, and “Deviant Woman” in Zanna Magazine Issue #3.

Now for some, poetry may be having a set topic and going from there, but Marinna’s process is slightly different. She tries not to objectify her poems or set specific targets on what her piece is going to be about. Instead, she allows experiences to do the writing for her.

Often, I find myself relishing and lingering on displaced feelings or a particular experience and want to place it somewhere other than my mind,” Benzon said.

Along with Benzon’s proficient career in poetry, she also succeeded in writing her very first chapbook, Millennial Dogeater, which is a collection of poems that voices honest and subversive narratives of a first-generation queer woman of color carefully navigating her position in America.

“Writing my chapbook has been a rather long process due to the fact that this collection has been built from poems from years ago up until now. The creative process was irrevocably rewarding for me to have so much creative control and to construct this chapbook in a way that best represents myself,” said Benzon.