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TED-Ed

Carvens Lissaint: "Put the financial aid in the bag"

November 11, 2011

At TEDYouth 2011, performance artist Carvens Lissaint shows how to use language, metaphor and imagery to express a powerful idea -- as in this spoken-word performance, a stirring plea to make college education more accessible.

Carvens Lissaint - Performance artist
Carvens Lissaint is a slam poet, performance artist, and member of the Hip Hopera Theater troupe. Full bio

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Carvens Lissaint - Performance artist
Carvens Lissaint is a slam poet, performance artist, and member of the Hip Hopera Theater troupe.

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Carvens Lissaint is a Haitian American performance artist. Raised in Upper West Side Harlem, New York, he lives in Washington Heights. He established himself as a spoken word artist in 2006 and went on to win multiple poetry slams across the country and coach award-winning teams. He made his transition into musical theater in 2007 as a part of the Hip Hopera Theater troupe, working with Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School in collaboration with the Metropolitan Theater Opera Guild. He also debuted his high-energy one-man show Walk (directed and co-developed by Queen God-Is, choreographed by Nicco Anann) at Dance Theater Workshop and off Broadway at the 2009 Hip Hop Theater Festival. Carvens lives, eats and breathes art hoping to share his light and become a better being of the Universe.

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