Poetry for Haiti Relief Fundraiser (pics and video)

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On Sunday January 17, the folks at Parlé Magazine put together a poetry fundraiser for the people in Haiti who were affected by the tragic earthquake just 5 days earlier. Parlé Magazine joined forces with the Haitian Memorial Foundation, Inc., an organization based in New York, with a mission of empowering Haiti and its descendants through art and monuments. Due to this tragedy the Haitian Memorial Foundation’s current focus is to send immediate relief to Haiti with a mission to provide medical help, as well as structural and building help. All the donations received, monetary, clothing and food were all donated to the Haitian Memorial Foundation. The event was hosted by Haitian American poet, Carvens Lissaint and featured several poets from diverse backgrounds. The event raised several hundred dollars as well as many bags of clothes, food and other goods.

Here are some pictures from the show as well as a couple of the poems about Haiti performed on the night (video isn’t from the show).

I. Max Auguste (Haitian Memorial Foundation Founder), Kevin Benoit (Parlé Founder), Carvens Lissaint (Host) & Alyssa Menard (Parlé Promotions)
Mixed Emotions: Kevin Benoit & Carvens Lissaint


Carvens Lissaint – Haiti

Marcus Wright – Throw Up Tears For Haiti

Kevin Benoit
Kevin Benoit graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Legal Studies. Empowering the urban community has been a goal for Kevin Benoit for the past 8 years. As a freshman in college, in May of 2004, Benoit created Parlé Magazine, an urban entertainment magazine that focused on literacy through entertainment. The publication has since provided a stepping-stone for many individuals throughout the country, from teens to adults and continues to provide inspiration for inspiring entrepreneurs, writers, photographers and graphic designers. Read more articles by Kevin.