Haitian-American Performance Artist Lenelle Moïse at Ithaca College

By David Maley, October 21, 2016

Haitian-American Performance Artist Lenelle Moïse at Ithaca College

Award-winning Haitian-American poet, playwright and actress Lenelle Moïse will present her new show, “AMPLIFY: A ‘Speaking Intersections’ Mixtape,” at Ithaca College on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The 7 p.m. performance in Emerson Suites is free and open to the public.

Moïse is known for creating jazz-infused, hip-hop bred, politicized texts. Speaking truth to power, she will perform thought-provoking original poems, essays and monologues that illuminate the intersections of race, class, gender, spirit and sexuality.

She is the author of the poetry collection “Haiti Glass,” winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, and her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications. Her plays include “Merit,” winner of the 2011–12 Ruby Prize, and “Expatriate,” which was performed off-Broadway in 2008. She has released two recordings, including “The Expatriate Amplification Project,” which features playful, poly-rhythmic, all-vocal music about love, homeland, flight and freedom.

Moïse has returned to campus several times to speak and perform since graduating from Ithaca College in 2002. She also holds an MFA in Playwriting from Smith College, and was a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow and a Next Voices Fellow at New Rep Theatre.

Her presentation is sponsored by the Ithaca College Women’s and Gender Studies Program.