In “Windy,” a spoken word piece by Kwyn Townsend Riley, we hear her unconditional love for Chicago despite the pain it’s caused her and many others.

As a Chicagoan, Kwyn channels her South Side experiences into her writing. Audiences have referred to her writing as “inspirational” and “eye- opening”.

Most of her poems are centered on many social justice issues including racism, sexism, rape culture and gun violence.  To Kwyn, poetry makes the truth sound beautiful and less painful. It serves reality a little warmer to those who are hopeless.

Kwyn has released poetry videos on her youtube channel   that have gone viral. Her poetry has been featured on the Huffington Post, BLAVITY, ForHarriet and a host of others. She has performed at many college campuses including California State University at Monterey Bay, University of Cincinnati – Blue Ash and Denison University.

Her most recent work, “And She Will” is a collection of thirty-two poems written in response to the heartbreaking loss of her stillborn son. The book is currently available for online purchase.