Carvens Lissaint

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“I want my  work to be a reflection of the light and love God has put in all of us. Force people out of their comfort zone and challenge those to relive the truth about themselves. I want to be a vessel that can be in service for the people, and God.”

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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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6 Responses to “Carvens Lissaint”

  1. Rachelle says:

    I thank Carvens for re-living his heartbreaks, comeups, falldowns, discoveries ….. With me. I feel as tho every word that leaves his lips is a hits me like a bullet, straight to the heart. God has blessed him upon bless him with grace, talent, beauty and life… After every poem, after every punch line, after every tear, I always wonder.. Where can I love Carvens and why cant there be any more Carvens??? Thanks God for His creation!!!

  2. Regina says:

    Incredible work. Thrilled that Carvens Lissaint is the ambassador for poetry to a whole new generation. His fearless words are infused with life, self-awareness and veracity.

  3. Asha says:

    I stumbled across Carvens and his work today…the first poem that I listend to of his was entitled “Home” and I was very much moved by it. However, it was not until I came across his “Love Poem” that I really felt something in me change. I want to thank The Strivers Row for putting excellent poets on display for the world to partake in but I also want to give a standing ovation to Mr. Carvens Lissaint. For me as a young black woman at a predominantly white college there are times where you feel like that love set on fire that was described in that poem is unattainable. But after hearing that poem, I will trust that God has a plan for my life and for the man that will come in it to experience that kind of love…because there are too many mediocre things in life, and love should not have to be one of them.

    Thank You.

  4. Lake says:

    You are one of my biggest inspiration, ever since I discovered the strivers row 3 years ago it has brought new meaning to my life so I now write & perform, I am about to audition for a big talent show against different provinces in south africa & I’m going to perform the *love poem* by carvens lissaint I hope I bring this beautiful poem some justice,I thank the strivers row

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