Lenelle Moïse is an award-winning poet, playwright, essayist, composer, 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 her Haitian ancestry and 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. She is the 2010-2012 Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. Equipped with an MFA from Smith College, Moïse has been a guest artist at the United Nations, the Culture Project, the Louisiana Superdome, the Omega Institute, and dozens of theatres, colleges, and conferences across the United States and Canada. Her critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play, “Expatriate,” inspired her second CD “The Expatriate Amplification Project.”
The all-music nonfiction folio of Drunken Boat would not be complete without the work of poet and composer Lenelle Moïse, whose “Expatriate Amplification Project” features vocal percussion, rolling trills, mouth-made clicks, high-pitched squeaks, melody, harmony, and breath.