Benji Hart is creating writing, political education, and performance
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Benji Hart is a Black, queer, femme artist and educator from Amherst, MA, currently living in Chicago. They are the writer behind the blog Radical Faggot, and have essays featured in the anthologies Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (2017) and Taking Sides: Radical Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism (2015), both from AK Press. Their writing has been published at In These Times, Black Youth Project, Truthout, and other feminist and abolitionist media.

Certified as an elementary educator, their teaching philosophy is grounded in popular education, and relies on art to inspire direct action. They have taught voguing to trans and queer youth at Black & Pink’s National Convening, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Broadway Youth Center, and have led workshops on subjects ranging from trans liberation to prison abolition for Assata’s Daughters, Chicago Desi Youth Rising, and at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. They have facilitated retreats and circles focused on organizational development and community healing for grassroots collectives such as Love & Protect.

Their original solo piece Dancer As Insurgent—which explores the street dance style of vogue as a form of radical resistance—has been performed for the Elements of Vogue exhibit opening at CA2M (2017), INCITE!‘s conference Color of Violence 4 (2015), and the Jane Addams Hull House (2015). Their poetry and spoken word have been featured at showcases and venues around Chicago, most recently as a part of Forward Together‘s Trans Day of Resilience (2017). They are currently drafting a second performance pieceWorld After This One—examining the myriad ways Black art forms rely on the tools of the present to imagine liberated futures.

They are the recipient of the Rauschenberg Residency (2018), Chicago Women and Femmes to Celebrate (2016), and the 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts (2015).

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Benji Hart is a Black, queer, femme artist and educator from Amherst, MA, currently living in Chicago. They are the writer behind the blog Radical Faggot, and have essays featured in the anthologies Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (2017) and Taking Sides: Radical Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism (2015), both from AK Press. Their writing has been published at In These Times, Black Youth Project, Truthout, and other feminist and abolitionist media.

Certified as an elementary educator, their teaching philosophy is grounded in popular education, and relies on art to inspire direct action. They have taught voguing to trans and queer youth at Black & Pink’s National Convening, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Broadway Youth Center, and have led workshops on subjects ranging from trans liberation to prison abolition for Assata’s Daughters, Chicago Desi Youth Rising, and at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. They have facilitated retreats and circles focused on organizational development and community healing for grassroots collectives such as Love & Protect.

Their original solo piece Dancer As Insurgent—which explores the street dance style of vogue as a form of radical resistance—has been performed for the Elements of Vogue exhibit opening at CA2M (2017), INCITE!‘s conference Color of Violence 4 (2015), and the Jane Addams Hull House (2015). Their poetry and spoken word have been featured at showcases and venues around Chicago, most recently as a part of Forward Together‘s Trans Day of Resilience (2017). They are currently drafting a second performance pieceWorld After This One—examining the myriad ways Black art forms rely on the tools of the present to imagine liberated futures.

They are the recipient of the Rauschenberg Residency (2018), Chicago Women and Femmes to Celebrate (2016), and the 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts (2015).

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