My name is Claire Vilain, and I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I currently reside in Hyattsville, MD, and have been a poet for over 11 years. I graduated from Lincoln University in 2016 with a BS in Anthropology and a double minor in Black Studies & Music. I also graduated from Temple University in 2019 with a Master's of Liberal Arts in Africology & African American Studies. I recently graduated from Relay Graduate School for Education with a Master's in Early Childhood Education. During my time at Lincoln, I joined a poetry group called ISPIT (Infinite Supply of Passionate and Intense Talent). This is where I was given my stage name (Lethal), my work speaks for itself. I have performed in open mics and a variety of venues in North America. In addition, I have performed virtually due to the pandemic in Canada, Nigeria, & Europe. I recently published my first book No Cappin’ Don’t Test Africa: A Worldwide Message which is available in print and audiobook. I host weekly poetry workshops on IG to help poets find solace in deliberately working on their craft with like-minded individuals. I love using my platform to amplify voices that are silenced by society by expressing my experiences through poetry.
International Women's Day Event:
The wait is over! @rise_edt Open Mic is back, this Monday March 8th —with “1st RISE” 2021 and... it’s International Women’s Day—so it’s only fitting that we have an all female line up of stellar performers @holly.s.music @iamjennabennett @talia.aoude @l3thalpo3t coming with the feminine energy and dope vibes! Our host with the most @elledelyon will be on Zoom from 7pm-9pm, don’t miss this event!