Kavindu “Kavi” Ade is a writer, activist, arts educator, and nationally recognized spoken word poet from Philadelphia, PA. Kavi received a B.A in Social Justice with a concentration on Art for Social Change & Gender Justice from Hamline University. While best known for their gender identity poem titled “IT”, Kavi’s work most often bridges the realms of personal and political identity - navigating what it means to be Black, Transgender, Queer, and first generation American all at once. Their poetry shines a light on race, gender, sexuality, street harassment, sexual assault, trans & queer phobia, love, relationships, and more. Through their poetry the world unfolds itself in to moments of cruelty, rage, and grief, but also beauty, wonder, and becoming.
Kavi is a 2016 Leeway Transformation Award Recipient, Brave New Voices Alum and Watering Hole Poetry Fellow. They serve as the Outreach Coordinator and International Slam Coach at the Philly Youth Poetry Movement, previously leading the PYPM team to claim the title of BNV International Slam Champions twice - in 2011 and 2015. Kavi also coached Temple University’s Slam Team, who received the ‘Best Performance’ Award at the 2015 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, and currently coaches the Bryn Mawr College Poetry team.
Kavi has had the pleasure of gracing the stage at numerous colleges/universities and giving poetry readings at the Trans Literary Salon as well as the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read. They have performed at conferences across the United States - including The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference, the largest LGBTQlA college conference in the United States and the Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, the largest transgender-specific conference in the world.
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