Lenelle Moïse’s two-act comedy Merit was the winner of a 2012 Southern Rep Ruby Prize. She also wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically acclaimed drama Expatriate, which launched Off Broadway at the Culture Project in 2008. Her other plays include Matermorphosis (Serious Play Theatre Ensemble), Little Griot (Drama Studio), Purple (Kitchen Theatre Company), Cornered in the Dark (Insight Out Theatre Collective), and The Many Faces of Nia. Her solo performances Womb-Words, Thirsting, and Ache What Make have been presented at colleges and theatres across the USA. Ms. Moïse was a 2010 Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival Fellow, the 2010 recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry, the 2011 Artist in Residence in Performance Studies at Northwestern University, the 2012 Visiting Performing Artist in African & African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin, and the fifth Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. Her poetry and prose have been published in several anthologies including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution. She received an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Smith College.
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