photo by Kaleb Autman, 2021 / logo by Bria Royal, 2019

Short Bio:

Benji Hart is a Chicago-based author, educator, and artist whose work centers Black radicalism, queer liberation, and prison abolition. Their words have appeared in numerous anthologies, and been published at Time, Teen Vogue, The Advocate, and elsewhere. They have led popular education and arts-based workshops for organizations internationally, including the American Repertory Theater, Young Chicago Authors, and Project NIA. They have read at the Guild Literary Complex, the Hairpin Arts Center, and Women & Children First. Their performances have been featured at La Goyco, Santurce, Puerto Rico (2022); the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA (2021); and Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark (2021). They have held fellowships with Yaddo, Trillium Arts, MacDowell, and are a 2023 Lab Artist with Chicago Dancemakers Forum.


Full Bio:

Benji Hart is a Massachusetts-born, Chicago-based author, artist, and educator whose work centers Black radicalism, queer liberation, and prison abolition. Their words have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Elements of Vogue: A Case Study in Radical Performance (Motto Books, 2020), And the Cateogory Is…: Inside New York’s Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community (Beacon Press, 2021), and Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: Second Edition (Oxford University Press, 2022). Their commentary has been published at Time, Teen Vogue, The Advocate, The Funambulist, In These Times, Autostraddle, Sixty Inches from Center, and The Chicago Reader.

They have led popular education and arts-based workshops for organizations internationally, and been a guest lecturer at the American Repertory Theater, Smith College, the University of Chicago, Phillips Academy Andover, Brown University, and the New School. They have facilitated creative and professional development for groups like Law For Black Lives, Young Chicago Authors, Organized Communities Against Deportations, Forward Together, and Dissenters.

Their solo performance Dancer As Insurgent, which explores voguing as a practice of Black queer resistance, was featured at the DuSable Black History Museum, Chicago, USA (2022); Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark (2021); and Museo del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico (2020). Their current project, World After This One, examining how Black art forms reclaim the materials of empire to imagine liberated futures, has been shown at La Goyco, Santurce, Puerto Rico (2022); the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA (2021); BRIC, New York, USA (2018), and is still in progress. They have read at the Guild Literary Complex, Women & Children First, and the Hairpin Arts Center.

They have held fellowships with the Rauschenberg Foundation, Trillium Arts, Yaddo, and MacDowell. They are a 2023 Lab Artist with Chicago Dancemakers Forum.