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, The Funambulist, and elsewhere. They have led workshops for organizations and at academic institutions internationally, and facilitated convenings for groups like Project NIA, Forward Together, Dissenters, and National Bail Out. They have read at the Guild Literary Complex, Young Chicago Authors, the #BreathingRoom Space, and Women & Children First. Their performances have been featured at such venues as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA (2021); Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark (2021); Museo del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico (2020), and the Amsterdam University of the Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2019). They have held fellowships with the Rauschenberg Foundation, Trillium Arts, the Arcus Center, and MacDowell.


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 Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (AK Press), And the Cateogory Is…: Inside New York’s Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community (Beacon Press), and Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: Second Edition (Oxford University Press). Their commentary has been published at Time, Teen Vogue, The Advocate, The Funambulist, In These Times, 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 Smith College, the University of Chicago, Phillips Academy Andover, Brown University, the New School, and Colby College. They have facilitated convenings and retreats for groups like Project NIA, Law For Black Lives, Organized Communities Against Deportations, National Bail Out, Dissenters, and Forward Together.

Their solo performance Dancer As Insurgent, which explores voguing as a practice of Black queer resistance, was featured at Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark (2021); Museo del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico (2020); the Amsterdam University of the Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2019); and CA2M, Madrid, Spain (2017). 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 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, Young Chicago Authors, and Women & Children First.

They have held fellowships with the Rauschenberg Foundation, Trillium Arts, the Arcus Center, and MacDowell. They are the recipient of the 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts.