Juho Kuusi (yes, that’s me) is a Finnish, Helsinki-based, spoken word poet, musician and community educator. I am a double time national Finnish Poetry Slam champion (2012 and 2016), Talent Finland finalist from 2020, and have been performing actively for over 10 years now. I perform with and without music.
My poetry is mostly personal, political and it is filled with black humour. I love wordplay, good stories and taking different roles. My background in Hip Hop does not usually go unnoticed, and my deep love for the Earth and it’s beings is very present.
Alongside my artistic work I teach the fine art of making spoken word poetry and rap (also in English!), and I produce and host events, etc. I am the chairperson of the board of Helsinki Poetry Connection.
I have a bunch of poems translated to English. If given a good chance to prepare, I am able to perform some of them in English, Swedish or Norwegian.
A couple of translations
The poem ’Esitelmä vaskitsasta’ (’A Lecture About Slowworms’) is in Finnish but there are English subtitles – just click settings after you start playing the video.