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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 Trans Bodies Trans Selves: Second Edition (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). Their commentary has been published at Teen VogueIn These Times, The Chicago Reader, The Advocate, Autostraddle, Out of Print, and others.

They have led workshops on subjects ranging from the history of policing to poetry writing for organizations internationally, and been a guest lecturer in classrooms at the University of Chicago, Smith College, Northwestern University, and Phillips Academy Andover. 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 held fellowships with 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.


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