Lenelle Moise


Poet and playwright Lenelle Moïse has been called “a Renaissance woman in the arts,” “an electrifying performer,” and “a powerhouse.” Her romantic comedy K-I-S-S-I-N-G won the 2023 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script.  Her play Merit won The Ruby Prize and was featured on The Kilroys List. Moïse (pronounced “moy-eez") also wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically-acclaimed Off Broadway drama Expatriate. Her other full-length plays include The Many Faces of NiaMatermorphosis, and Cornered in the Dark. Her work has been produced or developed at the Huntington Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, New Rep, Southern Rep, The Hansberry Project, Hedgebrook, Women Center Stage at The Culture Project, and The New Black Fest at The Lark. Moïse is a member of the Writers Guild of America. She wrote the award-winning poetry collection Haiti Glass (City Lights Books). For more information about her work, please visit lenellemoise.com


2024 Finalist, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for K-I-S-S-I-N-G

2023 Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding New Script for K-I-S-S-I-N-G

2017 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College

2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Dramatic Writing

2016 Featured on The Kilroys List for Merit

2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award for Haiti Glass

2012-2014 Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow

2011-2012 Winner of the Southern Rep Ruby Prize for Merit