Shanelle Gabriel

Shanelle Gabriel is a poet, singer, and lupus warrior from Brooklyn, NY who has performed internationally including Africa and Europe. Widely known for featuring on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, she has shared the stage with artists such as Jill Scott, Nas, Nikki Giovanni, Dave Chapelle, and more. She was listed as one of’s “Artist Activists You Should Know” and one of “8 Millennial Feminist Poets That Deserve Recognition” by She curated a series of on-the-spot panel inspired poems for Fast Company Magazine’s Innovation Festival both virtually in 2020 and at the Gucci Hub in Milan in 2019. Shanelle is also a health activist who has spoken alongside the President of the National Institute of Health and has featured on the Lifetime Network about her continued battle with lupus. Presently, she is working on her third album while serving as the Interim Executive Director at Urban Word NYC, a youth organization that uses poetry & hip-hop to promote literacy and youth voice.