Benji Hart is an author, artist, and educator from Amherst, MA, living in Chicago. The writer behind the blog Radical Faggot, their essays have appeared in anthologies including Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief from AK Press, and The Funambulist by its Readers: Political Geographies from Chicago and Elsewhere, commissioned for the 2019 Chicago Architectural Biennial. Their commentary has been published at Teen Vogue, The Advocate, The Chicago Reader, and others.
They have led political education workshops on subjects ranging from prison abolition to trans liberation for organizations across the Midwest, and been a guest lecturer in classrooms at the University of Chicago, Kalamazoo College, and DePaul University. They have facilitated convenings and organizational development for grassroots collectives such as Love & Protect and Organized Communities Against Deportations.
Their solo performance piece Dancer As Insurgent, which explores voguing as a practice of Black queer resistance, was featured at CA2M (Madrid), and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (Chicago). Their current project, World After This One, examining the myriad ways Black art forms rely on the materials of the present to construct liberated futures, premiered at BRIC (New York), and is still in progress.
They have held residencies with the Rauschenberg Foundation, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, and the Amsterdam University of the Arts. They are the recipient of the 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts.