Stacy Hardy is a writer, researcher and editor whose work explores the intersections of embodiment, the individual, and society. Her writing has appeared in various anthologies and journals including the New Orleans Review, New Contrasts, The Evergreen Review, Black Sun Lit, and many more. Her first short fiction collection, Because the Night, was published by Pocko, London in 2015, and An Archaeology of Holes, was released in translation by Rot-Bo-Krik in France in 2022, with the English version forthcoming through Bridge Books, Chicago, in November 2023. Her plays and librettos have been performed globally. Hardy is also a lecturer in creative writing, an editor at pan-African platform Chimurenga, a partner in African creative writing teaching initiative Saseni, and a founder of Ukuthula, a project that develops new writing from and against gender-based violence. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Neubauer Collegium at the University of Chicago, where she is collaborating with anthropologist Kaushik Sunder Rajan, poet Daniel Borzutzky, and musician Neo Muyanga to build “breathing machines,” new multi-and-interdisciplinary forms and forums for the expression of collectivity through the act of conspiring together.