"Lenelle Moïse brings fierce passion..."
-THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Moïse's love letter to us all is her new CD, Madivinez."
"...Piercing, covering territory both intimate and political...vivid and powerful."
"Moïse writes on subjects from race and class struggles to love and feminist-fueled anger, her verses tumbling out in a delivery that’s like smooth notes of jazz one second, rapid-fire bullets the next."
-TIME OUT NEW YORK
Winner of the Patchwork Majority Radio 2007 Award:
BEST SOLO ALBUM!
Hailed "a masterful performer" by getunderground.com, LENELLE MOÏSE is a self-identified “culturally-hyphenated pomosexual poet, playwright and performance artist.” She writes politically-charged and intimate narratives about the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality and culture.
A recipient of a 2005-2006 Astrea Loving Lesbians Award for Poetry, the James Baldwin Memorial Award in Playwriting as well as the prestigious Sea Change Residency from the Gaea Foundation, she garnered a 2004 Drammy for her performance in Insight Out Theatre Collective's production of Cornered in the Dark and was New WORLD Theater's 2003 Poetry Slam champion. She has been a guest artist at the Culture Project, the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, Brown University, Carleton College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Evergreen State College, MIT, The Ohio State University, Skidmore College, SUNY Geneseo, Wesleyan and Yale, among others. She is currently touring her autobiographical one-woman show, "WOMB-WORDS, THIRSTING."
Lenelle's performative essays are featured in a number of anthologies, including: WORD WARRIORS: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution (Seal Press 2007); We Don't Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists (Seal Press 2006); RED LIGHT: Superhereos, Saints and Sluts (Arsenal Pulp Press 2005) and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader (Soft Skull Press 2005). Her debut spoken word CD, Madivinez, is now available.
She graduated with an MFA in Playwriting from Smith College in 2004. Her plays include: "Matermorphosis," an adaptation of Kafka's "Metamorphosis" commissioned by Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble; "Little Griot," a youth play about masculinity commissioned by the Drama Studio; "The Many Faces of Nia," a two-act comedy about stereotypes and Black-Jewish relations; "Cornered in the Dark," a choreopoem about the psychological aftermath of sexual assault; and "Purple," a youth play about dating violence commissioned by the Kitchen Theatre Company. Lenelle was also selected to contribute 25 monologues to We Got Issues, a "performance-based dialogue" on young women & voting produced by Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda and the Next Wave of Women in Power. At age 20, she earned a screenwriting credit for Sexual Dependency (2003), a feature-film directed by Bolivian filmmaker Rodrigo Bellot which won the International Film Critics' Award at the Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland) and has since been screened and awarded in dozens of festivals throughout the world.
Lenelle was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and currently resides in Western Massachusetts.
For more information, please visit www.lenellemoise.com.