GENE (GENE) is no stranger to the love of word having fallen in love with poetry from her formative years when she found refuge and therapy in writing and the expression it afforded her. Her writing spans across the universal themes of love, existential angst, divine bliss, esoteric consciousness, social challenges, sexuality and feminism.
In 2005 GENE began performing her poetry in Tshwane. She launched and hosted regular poetry and Hip Hop sessions at “Cherry Jam” in Hatfield which was a customary meeting place for like-minded lovers of music and spoken word.
GENE moved to back Johannesburg and joined the poetry collective “Likwid Tongue” in 2006 which hosted weekly poetry shows and writing workshops at various venues in JHB while collecting clothing for charity.
GENE performed at the international poetry festival “Urban Voices” in 2007 alongside Sarah Jones and Steve Coleman where she distributed her EP “Nymphomaniac” featuring 3 poems accompanied by music that sought to create awareness around female sexuality.
Her work is also featured on www.cntrlaltsex.co.za, “a voluntary sex positive organisation who’s mission is to normalise alternative sexuality and provide informed spaces for people to talk positively and openly about sex”.
She is currently cooking up a book “Chasing Infinity”, a play “If Love Were a Poem” a visual album and a one-woman show “epiGENEtics”.
She is now the founder and Director of Trillionaire Ess (Pty) LTD, a social entrepreneurship company that researches land claims nationally. She is soon to be launching a second company “The Fierce Skirts” which will produce dialogue-inciting cross-disciplinary art and culture ventures with a strong focus on the sex-positive female narratives and interrogating gender stereotypes.