LENELLE MOISE book signing Haiti Glass

04/21/2014 7:00 pm

“the back corner” is pleased to host author, poet, playwright, essayist, artist and activist Lenelle Moïse.

 

 

 

In her debut collection of verse and prose, Moïse moves deftly between memories of growing up as a Haitian immigrant in the suburbs of Boston, to bearing witness to brutality and catastrophe, to intellectual, playful explorations of pop culture enigmas like Michael Jackson and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Be it the presence of a skinhead on the subway, a newspaper account of unthinkable atrocity, or the 'noose loosened to necklace' of desire, the cut of Haiti Glass lays bare a world of resistance and survival, mourning and lust, need and process, triumph and prayer.

 

Her topics contain mature content which may not be suitable for children.

 

“Lenelle Moïse brings fierce passion.”

-The New York Times

 

Read more about Lenelle here: http://www.lenellemoise.com/meet.html

Book List

Haiti Glass (Paperback)

$10.95
ISBN-13: 9780872866140
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: City Lights Books, 4/2014

This is prose and verse that moves deftly between girlhood memories of growing up as a Haitian immigrant in the suburbs of Boston, to bearing witness to brutality and catastrophe, to intellectual, playful explorations of pop culture enigmas like Michael Jackson and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Lenelle Moise is at home everywhere and bears witness to all, be it the presence of a skinhead on the subway, a newspaper account of unthinkable atrocity, or the "noose loosened to necklace" of desire. The cut of "Haiti Glass" lays bare a world of resistance and survival, mourning and lust, poverty, triumph, and prayer.

Lenelle Moise is an award-winning poet, playwright, essayist, and nationally touring performance artist who creates jazz-infused, hip-hop bred, politicized texts about Haitian American identity, creative resistance, and the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory, and spirit. Her poems and essays are featured in several anthologies, including "Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution" and "We Don't Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists."

Her writing has also been published in the "Utne Reader," "Make/Shift Magazine," "Left Turn," and numerous other magazines and journals. She currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she was the 2010-2012 Poet Laureate. While her screenplays and plays have been published to acclaim, this is her long-awaited first book of poetry.

 

Praise for "Haiti Glass: "

"Haiti Glass is a magnificent collection of poetry and prose. Part mantra, part lamentation, part prayer, this incredible book puts us wholly in the presence of an extraordinary and brave talent, whose voice will linger in your heart and mind long after you read the last word of this book. "--Edwidge Danticat


"Very powerful poetry and prose. The spoken word cadence to many of the poems works really well on the page. Moise takes up the complexities of Haitian culture, the immigrant experience, sexuality and gender, and bearing witness. Highly recommended."--Roxane Gay, author of "An Untamed State"


"With a bold, unblinking eye, Lenelle Moise shows us the tragic yet beautiful world in which we live and challenges us not to turn away, but to turn towards with hope, compassion, and love. With all my heart, I thank her for writing these poems."--Leslea Newman, author of "October Mourning, A Song for Matthew Shepard"


Praise for Lenelle Moise:


"Lenelle Moise brings fierce passion."--"New York Times"


"Piercing, covering territory both intimate and political . . . vivid and powerful."--"Curve Magazine"


"See Moise push stories from her mouth like it might save your life."--"The Root"


Location: 
Street:
1497 Main St
Additional:
City:
Athol
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Province:
Massachusetts
Postal Code:
01331
Country:
United States