A Visit from the Gender Genie

Poet Kavi Ade comes to NCC

Kavindu “Kavi” Ade, an activist, arts educator, and nationally recognized poet of Afro and indigenous Caribbean descent, brought their “Gender Genie” tour to Northampton Community College (NCC) on April 2.

With honesty, humor and courage, Ade read poems that described their life:  a childhood surrounded by domestic violence, coming out as queer and trans to a family that did not understand in a world of systemic violence, what many take for granted as an ordinary thing: using a public restroom, and the loss of a dear friend to suicide.

Ade describes their poetry as a “lamentation, a leaning in to what haunts the spirit of a Black Trans Queer body.” Their performance was followed by a Q & A.

Ade’s performance was sponsored by the NCC Pride Club and the College Life Committee.