The Poet’s List: Carvens Lissaint



Hometown: Harlem, NY

Quote: “I was one who never spoke unless it improved upon silence.” — Carvens Lissaint

One Accolade: 2011 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion

Carvens Lissaint is a Haitian American award winning performance artist/teaching artist who has been gracing stages and classrooms around the United States, United Kingdom and The Caribbean. The 2011 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion (Ranked 2nd in the nation at the Adult National Poetry Competition) The 2007 Knicks Grand Slam Champion, 2008  Newark New Jersey  Youth team, 2009  New Jersey  (Slam Global) Grand Slam Champion, 2009 Robert  Redford  Speak Green Grand Slam Champion, 2009 Urban Word  NYC team, was the coach of the 2010  NYU  Poetry Slam team and Co-coach of the 2010 Urban word slam team that won the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam.

Lissaint has also been named one of The Root’s Top 30 performance poets. He has performed at TEDYouth, on Broadway at The New Amsterdam Theater, Off Broadway Hip Hop Theater Festival at the  Ohio Theater,  the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, The United States Green Build Council in Arizona, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  Most recently, he was featured on the second and third seasons of the hit television series “Verses and Flow” on TV1. He is apart of the touring cast of “Words Become Flesh” a play written and directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and has opened for the likes of John Leguzizamo, Elle Varner, Luke James and Jill Scott.

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