of words meant to be heard
Akwi has written commissioned work or performed for companies and organizations across the country including the African American Museum of Iowa, Arts for Biden-Harris, Clinton Foundation and Her Flag, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and dozens of colleges and universities.
She writes in poetry or prose designed primarily to be experienced as spoken word. Although she often performs solo, she also collaborates with dancers, performers, videographers, or musicians to see her works come to full life.
She is part poet, part storyteller, all documentarian -- drawing from her journalism background -- to bear witness to the stories of our time through words and voice. She is founder of The Hook, an arts organization designed to tell artistic adaptations of a community's stories on stage.