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Full Bio:

Benji Hart is a Chicago-based author, artist, and educator whose work centers Black radicalism, queer liberation, and prison abolition. Their essays and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (AK Press), and Elements of Vogue: A Case Study in Radical Performance (Motto Books). Their commentary has been published at Teen Vogue, Time Magazine, The Advocate, The Chicago Reader, Autostraddle, and others.

They have led popular education and arts-based workshops for organizations internationally, and been a guest lecturer at Smith College, the University of Chicago, Colby College, Phillips Academy Andover, and others. They have facilitated convenings and retreats for groups like Law For Black Lives, National Bail Out, and Organized Communities Against Deportations.

Their solo performance Dancer As Insurgent, which explores voguing as a practice of Black queer resistance, has been featured at CA2M (Madrid), Museo Universitario del Chopo (Mexico City), and the Amsterdam University of the Arts (Amsterdam). 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 been a fellow at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, MacDowell, and the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. They are the recipient of the 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts.


Short Bio:

Benji Hart is a Chicago-based author, artist, and educator. Their essays and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, and their commentary has been published at Teen Vogue, Time Magazine, The Advocate, and others. They have led workshops for organizations and at academic institutions internationally, and facilitated convenings for groups like Law For Black Lives, National Bail Out, and Organized Communities Against Deportations. Their performances have been featured at CA2M (Madrid), Museo Universitario del Chopo (Mexico City), BRIC (New York), and elsewhere. They have been a fellow at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, MacDowell, and are the recipient of the 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts.


Logo: Bria Royal, 2019 / Photo: Mark Poucher, 2018