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RJ ELDRIDGE is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and educator. A graduate of the University of South Florida’s graduate program in Africana Studies, where he focused on literature and critical theory, Eldridge has engaged widely on the role of the arts in constructing identity, and seeks to contribute to contemporary discussions in performance, history, race, ontology, and myth.
Eldridge was also a 2017 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow, and his work has appeared in Catapult, Vinyl, Apogee Journal, AFROPUNK, Obsidian, The Offing, Puerto del Sol, wildness, and others. He is a contributing essayist to The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent. His photography, visual, and performance work has been exhibited at the Logan Center for the Arts; Chicago Art Department; Hyde Park Art Center; Arts Incubator; Galeria Bianconi; and others. He made a national television debut in September 2013 as a performer in the NAACP Image-Award-nominated series, Lexus Presents: Verses and Flow, and stars in the short film Akata. His teaching experience includes instructor and teaching-artist roles with the University of South Florida; Young Chicago Authors; Art Institute of Chicago; One Summer Chicago; and others.