Lenelle Moise

Lenelle Moise

 Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
BandSpoken WordJazz

“Sensuality, humor, adept political insight and physical virtuosity. She is a storyteller, performer and activist in one.” -THE F-WORD ZINE

Biography

"Lenelle Moïse brings fierce passion..." -THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Piercing, covering territory both intimate and political...vivid and powerful" -CURVE MAGAZINE

"A masterful performer." -GETUNDERGROUND.COM

Lenelle Moïse is an award-winning poet, playwright, essayist, college speaker, actress and nationally-touring performance artist. She creates intimate, fiery, politicized, texts about the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, spirituality, culture and resistance. Her hip-hop bred, jazz-infused delivery is at once conversational and polished. Fueled by the motto “Words rouse worlds,” she regularly presents interactive performances and workshops that empower diverse groups of people to creatively speak up and act for social change. Equipped with an MFA from Smith College, Moïse has been a guest artist at the United Nations, the Culture Project, the Omega Institute and dozens of colleges and conferences across the United States. Her writing is published in a number of anthologies, including "Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution," "We Don't Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists" and "Brassage: An Anthology of Poems by Haitian Women." Book this dynamic artist: booking@lenellemoise.com

Lyrics

"Desire"

Written By: Lenelle Moïse

desire

this restless night
this train track heart
these peeled eyes sore
this object red
this only thing
pedestal high
this will do the trick
this will
save my soul
this all i need
can make me whole
this balled up fist
undulating palm
this giddy greedy
these gritting teeth
this tiger clutching
god's son's robe
this devil says uh huh
it could be yours
this instant
this urgent
this urge to leap
this hamster wheel rehearsal
of a memorized prayer
these rabbit-tap feet daring the captor
to steal another drum
this james brown beg
this please please please
clitoral typing yes yes yes
this full-body nod
this jackson's ow!
this black in heat
this cat in the gut
scratching at biting through
the butterfly yarn
this territorial bee
sting
this is mine
flight fused
with fight
blood bound
by hope
this now now now
this shoving the shoulders
of one's own fear
down down down
and out looking up
this heaven
this horizon
this faith
this moment fainted
oppressive tickle in the nostril
these smelling salts jolt
this stink of justice
about to sneeze
this tea kettle scream
this bitten bottom lip
this creole this gospel
this blues this be-bop
this reggae
this hurled rock
this sinner sound
comforts have-nots
this lime green saliva
this plain old thirst
running crazed
toward the fire-hose
to beckon the bull
this louverture gallop
this tubman pull
this guevera stomp
this straight-backed spat-on student
stays sitting in
this beat-box be the new drum
this b-girl be kali
this noose loosened to necklace
of round white skulls
this head spinning holy
this ghost caught looting
this katrina survivor riot
this possession we possess
this zombie life threatening
to live
to keep living
this vodou ache what make
revolution.

© 2007 by Lenelle Moïse

Discography

*Madivinez (2007)
*I AM...Renaming the Sexual Revolution (2005)

Set List

In addition to offering shorter sets of solo performance, Lenelle currently tours her acclaimed 90-minute autobiographical solo show WOMB-WORDS, THIRSTING. Mixing a brew full of womanist Vodou jazz, queer theory hip-hop and movement, WOMB-WORDS, THIRSTING is an interactive evening of patchwork poetic storytelling
delivered, slam-style, from the gut. Join Haitian-American solo artist LENELLE MOISE as she re-conceives memory and boldy speaks out about childhood, masculinity, sexuality, AIDS, cultural hybridity and reclaiming F-words.

Stories/Poems include:

ATLANTIC SOUL
WHOSE CHILD AM I?
ADAPTATION
WE LIVE UP HERE
SOHARDSOWEAK
ENVY
FIRST GIRL/ LOVER
RETROSPECTIVELY, PREMATURE
EVE ILL
SILENCE EQUALS DEATH
MADIVINEZ
LETTER TO MY FATHER IN ENGLISH
DISTRACTIONS
PRAYER FOR RELEASING SHAME
AVE MARIA
LOCHNESS MONSTERS
MY FACE TO THE N-WORD
THE FUCK YOU NOW MANIFESTO
STOP KILLING US
ATLANTIC SOUL (REPRISE)
SEPTEMBER 4, 2