Portrait of Kwyn Townsend Riley, Antibigotry Convening Fellow

Kwyn Townsend Riley

Kwyn Townsend Riley, “Kwynology,” is a poet, speaker, and organizer from the Southside of Chicago. She has been writing for as long as she could remember, first performed on the mic in high school and has been in love ever since. Her writing helps others heal as well as herself. As a black woman, she has experienced many poems to preach on; racialized violence, womanism, gentrification and womanhood, homophobia and more. She has performed all across the world from Germany to California. As a speaker, she has interviewed for CBS, WBEZ, Windy City Live and the Late Night Tammi Mac Show. As an organizer, she is passionate about justice for all black people, especially black queer and gender nonconforming folks. She organizes through a Black Queer Feminist Lens alongside her BYP100 fam. Kwyn is an author of two books “And She Wrote” and “and She Will” and has released her poetry album “and She Worthy.” Kwyn loves her family, Chicago and french fries.

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