Arianne Benford is a Poet, Producer and Visual Artist, whose work is rooted in text and its creative applications for social change. She seeks to create an ongoing discourse between the public and the private, the forgotten and the canonized, sensual and the everyday. A proud native of Chicago IL, since 2008 Arianne has worked as a producer with WOW CafeTheater (the oldest anarchist run women and trans theater in the country), www.wowcafe.org and Rivers Of Honey (a cabaret theater for women and trans artists of color) firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is also a member of the Urbana Poetry National Team, Spoken Word Poetry Almanac Project (SWAP), and was recently honored by the Fresh Fruit Festival for her poetry. Arianne is an established poet and essayist on the LGBT performance circuit and is currently she is completing work on her first collection of writing, portrait of a rebellious landscape/ a mix-tape.