Meet the Author:
Pony Zion,  New York City, United States

Benji Hart

Benji Hart

Benji Hart is an author, artist, and educator from Amherst, MA, living in Chicago. The writer behind the blog Radical Faggot, their essays have been anthologized in Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (2017) and Taking Sides: Radical Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism (2015), both from AK Press. Their commentary has been published at Teen Vogue, The Advocate, The Chicago Reader, and others. Their solo performance piece, Dancer As Insurgent, which explores voguing as a practice of Black queer resistance, was featured at the Elements of Vogue exhibit opening at CA2M, Madrid (2017), and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago (2015). 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, Brooklyn (2018), and is still in progress.

Now We Know We Can Reclaim the World We Want: A Conversation with Pony Zion and Benji Hart

Benji Hart, Chicago, United States 
Pony Zion, New York City, United States 

On the evening of Friday, April 19th, 2019, at the invitation of ArtsEverywhere, Pony Zion (De’von Webster) and Benji Hart (Benji Ninja) gathered in a conference room at The New School on 5th Avenue in New York City to discuss social justice and the contemporary Ballroom Scene. This two-hour conversation was guided by propositions from Benji Hart’s 2015 essay, “Vogue is...