Neiel Israel is an internationally acclaimed poet, vocalist, and arts educator. Emerging from the Boston spoken-word scene, she quickly distinguished herself as a powerful, and lyrical poetic force. She is currently a member of the 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team, and represented the 2016 Boston Poetry Slam at both the National Poetry Slam and the Individual World Poetry Slam as the World Qualifier winner. She has previously represented the Lizard Lounge at Nationals (2011-2015) and the Women of the World Poetry Slam (2011).
Neiel has featured in venues across the United States including: The Paramount Theater, The Lizard Lounge, Cantab Lounge, Nuyorician Poets Café, Bowery Poetry Club, Flight Deck, Metro, Literary Café, African American Literature and Culture Society, Verbalization, Gallery 55, Pierre Menard Gallery, Fuller Museum, Wally’s Jazz Club, AAMARP, Northeastern University, Harvard University, Berklee College of Music, Wellesley College, 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.
As an international teaching artist, Neiel leads workshops and classes in creative writing for schools, community programs, and colleges.