Nihkee (“Grumpy”) is a feminist performance poet and artivist, who centers the norm critical thinking, free communication and dark queer humour in everything they do. Their gigs are unapologetically rough around the edges, charming poetry hybrids combining spoken word, music, storytelling and comedy. Nihkee is both Finnish and Nordic Poetry Slam champion and one of the most well-known new Finnish performance poets internationally.

Nihkee is currently writing and recording a new collection supported by Kone Foundation. It’s about Finnish nationalism and ice hockey, and they’re writing it with their dad.

“Am I reacting or am I responding? Whatever people are feeling at my shows I hope they ask themselves that. Then we can talk. Always happy to talk.”