Benji Hart is an author, artist, and educator from Amherst, MA, living in Chicago. The writer behind the blog Radical Faggot, their essays have been anthologized in Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (2017) and Taking Sides: Radical Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism (2015), both from AK Press. 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 and Kalamazoo College. They have facilitated retreats, focused on organizational development and community building, for grassroots collectives such as Love & Protect and For the People Artists Collective.
Their solo performance piece Dancer As Insurgent, which explores voguing as a practice of Black queer resistance, was featured at the Elements of Vogue exhibit opening at CA2M, Madrid (2017), and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago (2015). 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, Brooklyn (2018), and is still in progress.
They have held residencies with the Rauschenberg Foundation (2018), the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (2018), and are the recipient of the 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts (2015).