Featured Poet

“Whether they’re the fierce undercurrent of a poet’s musings or simply jammin’ on their own, the Jeff Robinson Trio exhibit a power and confidence that flirts with perfection.” Patricia Smith

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March 29

Neiel Israel
Neiel Israel

Neiel Israel is an internationally acclaimed poet, vocalist, performer and arts. Emerging from the Boston spoken-word scene, she quickly distinguished herself as a powerful, and lyrical poetic voice.  With her captivating voice she became a member of the Lizard Lounge National Poetry Slam Team 2011-2014; as well as the Lizard Lounge Representative for 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Neiel has performed in many venues across the United States including: The Paramount Theater, African American Literature and Culture Society, Cantab Lounge, Literary Café, Nuyorican Poets Café, Bowery Poetry Club, Verbalization, Wally’s Jazz Club, Art Is Life Itself, The House Slam, Slam Free Or Die, Rhythmic Cypher, First Friday Youth Open Mic, “If you can Feel It, you can Speak It,” Mass Poetry SDOP, Gallery 55, Pierre Menard Gallery, Oberon – American Repertory Theater, Harvard University, Berklee College of Music, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Massachusetts College of Arts.

Neiel has a B.A. in English, and graduated with honors, from University of Massachusetts Boston. She was recently featured on Urban Update WHDH-TV, and is presently America SCORES Boston Poet in Residence. As an international teaching artist, Neiel leads workshops and classes in creative writing for colleges/universities, schools, community, and art programs.

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