!Kona is a Vancouver-based artist, writer and activist. Her creative and social justice-oriented work has spanned arts/ cultural, queer, feminist, Leather, and Black communities for over 20 years.
!Kona identifies as a Black, Femme, Leatherdyke, Artist and highly engaged citizen currently existing on the unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ peoples. She considers herself part of a stolen people on stolen land. Masquerading as a lower mainland cultural bureaucrat by day, she has a history of compulsively organizing and educating around the lives of Queers, BDSM practitioners, and Black folks.
!Kona is known for community development; consulting on organizational culture shift, agitating & advocating in online social spaces; and sometimes acting professionally for film & TV. Through her production company, NubianImpProjects she: hosted the only queer bathhouse night in western Canada for almost a decade; created and held space for the D/s Discussion Salon series later replicated in Seattle; and produced the weekend long D/s Intensive series which featured an internationally recognized community educator at each of the full weekends (appreciation to Mollena, Lee Harrington, Skip Chasey & Rick) For many years she co-disorganized the Bride of Pride Queer play parties and the 2009 Canadian Mayhem conference. She is also the co-creator of the interactive QueeriodicTable art project & experiential installation experienced in both Canada and the States.