OFFICAL BIO: Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa is a Kenyan, Immigrant, Shoga|Queer storyteller, speaker & feeler. The 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, a 2017 TEDWomen speaker and ranked 3rd at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam, FreeQuency is a highly sought after performer, host, social justice teaching artist and workshop leader. Rooted in various global communities & having spent their life at the intersection of arts, education and activism, they and/or their work in Reproductive Justice, #BlackLivesMatter organizing & activism, LGBTQ+ advocacy and writing have been featured on The Independent, the New York Times, OkayAfrica, Upworthy, TEDx, For Harriet, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, & other outlets. FreeQuency is a founding cochair of the New Orleans chapter of the Black Youth Project 100, a founding committee member of the New Orleans Youth Open Mic (NOYOM), festival coordinator for the New Orleans Youth Poetry Festival, a blogger with the AfroFashion and Culture Blog Noirlinians and a member of Wildseeds: The New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective.
You can view their work at www.FreeQuencySpeaks.com
storyteller, speaker, workshop leader and performance artist, FreeQuency is a
gender renegade & shoga Kenyan migrant who self identifies as masculine off center, femme adjacent, an AunTea and/or a prettyboi. FreeQuency’s work interrogates and occupies the in between spaces of gender & geography while exploring the mundane nuances and stark contradictions of everyday existence. This humanoid has been featured in or written for The Independent, the New York Times, OkayAfrica, Upworthy, TEDx, For Harriet, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, & other outlets, and have a TED talk with nearly 1million views that almost didn't get released.
FreeQuency is your 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam CHAMPION!
In March 2018, FreeQuency became a part of history when they were crowned the 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion during the 10 year anniversary of the festival. Out of 96 competing poets, FreeQuency places 1st overall after 3 nights of competition in Dallas, TX giving them the highly coveted title of top ranked woman identified/gender fluid spoken word artist.
The Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) is a four day poetry festival, in which 96 of the best female-identified & gender non-conforming poets in slam will compete against each other in order to crown the Women of the World Poetry Slam champion.