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February 4, 2011

Rescheduled: Spoken Word Artist, Playwright and
Poet Laureate of Northampton Lenelle Moïse, to Read at Smith February 15

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Lenelle MoiseNORTHAMPTON, Mass.—A reading by Lenelle Moïse, spoken word artist, playwright and poet laureate of Northampton, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College. This event is free and open to the public.

Moïse received a Master of Fine Arts degree in playwriting from Smith in 2004 and regularly performs at colleges, theaters and festivals across the United States and Canada, including guest appearances at the United Nations, the Louisiana Superdome and the Omega Institute. Her play “Expatriate” launched to critical acclaim Off Broadway at the Culture Project in 2008, and Moïse was also a contributing writer for “We Got Issues,” a “performance-based dialogue” produced by Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda and the Next Wave of Women in Power. This past summer she premiered her tenth play, “Merit,” at the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival.

A Haitian-American, self-identified “culturally hyphenated pomosexual poet,” Moïse has published poems and essays in several journals and anthologies, among them Utne Reader; “Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution”; and “We Don't Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists.”

Among Moïse’s many honors are 2003 New WORLD Theater Poetry Slam Champion, the James Baldwin Memorial Award in Playwriting (2003 and 2004), the Patchwork Majority Radio Award for Best Solo Album of 2007 for “Madivinez” and the 2009-2010 Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry. Most recently, she was named poet laureate of Northampton, Mass., for 2010 to 2012.

Moïse’s CD “Madivinez” will be available for purchase after the reading. For further information, call Michaela Cahillane in the Poetry Center office at (413) 585-4891 or Ellen Doré Watson, Poetry Center director, at (413) 585-3368.

For disability access information or to request accommodations, call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail All requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.

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