Benedict Nguyen is a writer, dancer, and curator based on occupied Lenape and Wappinger lands (South Bronx, NY).
Benedict's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in AAWW’s the Margins, Flypaper, and PANK.
Their fiction writing was supported by an AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship in 2017. They’re at work on a novel.
Their criticism has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Shondaland, the Establishment, and Culturebot, among others, and in commissioned profiles for Danspace Project, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Fusebox Festival.
photo by benedict nguyen
As the 2019 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow at ISSUE Project Room, Benedict created the multidisciplinary performance platform “soft bodies in hard places,” which has partnered with Materials for the Arts, Culturebot, the Asian American Writers Workshop, Center for Performance Research, and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance! (BAAD!).
They’ve performed in DapperQ Fashion week and in recent works by Sally Silvers, José Rivera, Jr., Nick Mauss at the Whitney Museum, Monstah Black, and more.
They've worked as an arts admin unicorn and grant writer for Jennifer Monson, Donna Uchizono, and John Jasperse. They've served on selection committees for Movement Research at Judson Church, the MAP Fund, and Bronx Council on the Arts. Otherwise, Benedict has worked a tutor, grant writer, Postmate, cater waiter, and more.
photo by benedict nguyen: benedict (long, wavy black hair in face, light skin, brown eyes, pale red lipstick) wearing pink open shirt