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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 workshops for organizations and at academic institutions internationally, and facilitated creative and professional development for groups like Young Chicago Authors, Forward Together, and Dissenters. They have read at the Guild Literary Complex, Women & Children First, and the Hairpin Arts Center. Their performances have been featured at La Goyco, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2022); the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA (2021); and Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark (2021). They have held fellowships with the Rauschenberg Foundation, Trillium Arts, 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, 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 Smith College, the University of Chicago, Phillips Academy Andover, Brown University, the New School, and Colby College. They have facilitated creative and professional development for groups like Law For Black Lives, Young Chicago Authors, Organized Communities Against Deportations, 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); and the Amsterdam University of the Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2019). 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, San Juan, 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, the Arcus Center, and MacDowell. They are the recipient of the 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts.