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Lenelle Moise
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Lenelle Moise

Fall 2011
Institute Fellow
Northhampton, MA

photo credit: Vanessa Vargas 


Traveling poet, playwright and performance artist Lenelle Moïse creates jazz-infused, hip-hop bred, politicized texts about Haitian-American identity, creative resistance and the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory and spirit. The 2010-2012 Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts has performed in venues as diverse as the Louisiana Superdome (for "V to the Tenth"), the United Nations and in theatres and colleges across the USA and Canada. Moïse was the 2009-2010 recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers Award in Poetry. As the Spring 2011 Mellon Artist in Residence in Performance Studies at Northwestern University, she developed "Ache What Make," a one-woman show about calamity, compassion and creativity. She is published in several anthologies, including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders of the Spoken Word Revolution. She independently released two CDs: Madivinez, and The Expatriate Amplification Project. The latter features her original all-vocal compositions from the Off-Broadway play Expatriate. 


More information can be found at www.lenellemoise.com.



Through The Expatriate Motion Collage Project (working title), playwright/composer Moïse will direct a series of music-focused experimental short videos to communicate her vision of the characters from her play Expatriate. In an effort to facilitate future designers’ and audiences’ abilities to hear, locate, imagine, identify with and interpret Expatriate’s two queer women of color protagonists, this project will create a new, intimate, playful, holistic, and poetic visual language. The Expatriate Motion Collage Project is open to collaborations with choreographers, costume designers, makeup artists, photographers and installation artists to realize fantastical, sensuous, immediate and/or futuristic black female iconography. The videos may emphasize outdoor settings, fashion forwardness, gender fluidity and the jazz aesthetic.”