Award-winning poet, playwright and performer Lenelle Moïse makes rhythmic interdisciplinary art about identity, memory and magic. She is the author of Haiti Glass (City Lights/Sister Spit) and a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow. Her interactive performances address race, class, feminism(s), LGBTQ identities, immigration and creative, compassionate approaches to social change. She wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically acclaimed Off Broadway drama Expatriate. Her black feminist comedy Merit won the 2012 Ruby Prize. Moïse is published in several anthologies, including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders of the Spoken Word Movement. She was a Visiting Performing Artist in African & African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin and an Artist in Residence in Performance Studies at Northwestern University. She has performed at the United Nations, the Adrienne Arsht Center, the Louisiana Superdome, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Gladstone Hotel, Central Park SummerStage and many experimental theatres and colleges across North America. Her independent albums Madivinez and The Expatriate Amplification Project feature jazz-infused vocals and loop machine witchery. She currently lives in Northampton, MA where she was the fifth Poet Laureate. Book Lenelle for an empowering evening of embodied literature, movement and song.

solo performances


Lenelle reads and performs selections from her new book, Haiti Glass.

  1. WHERE THERE ARE VOICES” (work in progress)

Looking through a diaspora lens, Where There Are Voices braids urgent poems with layered songs. Lenelle Moïse shares intricate stories of creative resilience, stubborn compassion and death-defying love. Whether she's talking about Haiti, conjuring Jean-Michel Basquiat, or recounting her run-in with a skinhead on a crowded city train, Moïse testifies to interconnectedness and the will to live. 52 minutes, no intermission.

  1. WORD LIFE*”

An interactive, autobiographical one-woman show about coming of age Haitian-American, working-class, politicized and queer. This is a powerfully theatrical fusion of poetry, storytelling and song. 90 minutes, no intermission. *Formerly known as Womb-Words, Thirsting


An ever-evolving performance of fierce poetry & thoughtful prose. Lenelle talks about Haiti, resilience, the revolutionary spirit & the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality. 60 minutes.

staged readings performed by theatre students


Bring Lenelle to campus for a week to direct students in this two-act comedy about stereotypes and Black-Jewish relations. 2 hours. 7-9 actors.


Bring Lenelle to campus for a week to direct students in this award-winning choreopoem about the psychological aftermath of sexual assault. 1 hour. 4 actors.



An interactive and highly physical performance workshop for actors, musicians, dancers or anyone interested in radical self-expression & improvisational vocal composition. Lenelle guides participants through a series of ensemble theatre exercises & thematic "sound jams." The voice & body are explored as political texts that compliment the written word.


In a homophobic, hyper-capitalist, anti-being, pro-doing society, we desperately need each other's stories of resistance, recovery, survival and success. Who was your first kiss? When did you first discover your race and gender? How did you spin a traumatic childhood event into gold triumph? If you have a good memory, can tell a tall tale or are eager to impart lessons learned, then you can develop a solo show! In this 2-hour workshop, acclaimed solo performance artist Lenelle Moïse fuses text analysis, writing prompts, theatre exercises and live demonstration to help participants leap into the brave art of the one-person show. Together we will write the true and the taboo, accentuate text with gesture, and practice connecting with our audience. Participants will learn how to make self-revelation user-friendly and universal. We will gently ask, safely admit, jump, shout, laugh and channel the colorful characters of our pasts. For writers who act, actors who write or anyone who dares to remember out loud.


This workshop combines live demonstration, writing prompts, theatre exercises, audio recordings and group discussion to explore performance poetry as an activist art-form. Building on the notion that "the personal is political," acclaimed poet, playwright and performance artist Lenelle Moïse recounts the history of the Spoken Word, especially as it relates to jazz, the Black Arts Movement, Hip Hop and Slam (competitive Spoken Word). Participants collectively interpret texts, practice persuasive performance techniques and start composing their own "I Am..." poems in a constructive environment. Bring bare feet, pants you can move in, a pencil, some paper and a true story to tell. 

more testimonials

“Lenelle's visit was a huge success! Her ability to connect to and engage with our students was exciting.  Students left the event inspired to write and tell their stories.  They saw in Lenelle's work new possibilities for written and oral language.  It was perfect!” Lesle Lewis,  Landmark College English Professor

"Lenelle Moïse examines issues of race, class, gender and sexuality – issues that impact all of our lives – in a beautifully creative way that is all at once funny, sad, provocative, inspiring, and engaging. As we work on campus and in our communities to do the hard work of learning from each other and building coalitions to work for social change, Lenelle's powerful performance challenges the audience, with her incisive stories and poetry, to do just that. She is a much needed powerhouse of truth and inspiration." Kaite Dunn, Evergreen State College student

“Wonderful, positive energy and strong words...very inspiring and a true breath of fresh air.” Gail Thomas, Faculty for the Smith College Young Women’s Writing Workshop

“Improv, dancing, moving, and singing...the balance of fun, laughter and seriousness.  [Moïse‘s workshop] was such a lovely way to be present and have fun.” —Chloe Jhangiani, MSW Council for Students of Color at Smith College

Photo credits:

Author Portrait by Vanessa Vargas

Piano Slam 6 (Adrienne Arsht Center) photo by Masataka Suemitsu courtesy of the Dranoff Foundation

Ache What Make (Concordia University) photo courtesy of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics

Womb-Words, Thirsting (Sandglass Theater) photo by Vanessa Vargas

Speaking Intersections keynote (Northfield Mount Hermon School) photo by Glenn Minshall

Radical Voice & Movement workshop (Williams College) photo by Roman Iwasiwka

Hands & Breath photo by Beowulf Sheehan courtesy of the Brattleboro Literary Festival

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