TOMS RIVER – Haitian-American, award-winning performance poet Carvens Lissaint will present his material at the Toms River library branch, 101 Washington St., Monday April 8 at 7 p.m.
Raised in New York City’s Upper West Side, Lissaint established himself as a spoken-word artist in 2006 and has gone on to win poetry slams across the country.
He made his transition into musical theater in 2007 as part of the Hip Hopera Theater troupe, working with Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School in collaboration with the Metropolitan Theater Opera Guild.
His performance titles include:
2011 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion
2009 Robert Redford Speak Green Grand Slam Champion
2009 New Jersey Grand Slam Champion
2007 Knicks Grand Slam Champion.
He has also coached the winning 2010 NYU Poetry Slam team and co-coached the winning 2010 Urban Word Slam Team.
He has performed at TEDYouth, in the New Amsterdam Theater, the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the United States Green Build Council in Arizona, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Videos of his work can be found on the Internet.
A graduate of the American Academy for Dramatic Arts, Lissaint is working towards a second degree at St. John’s University.
This program is free and open to the public.