On Sunday, May 7, 2023, 1:00PM, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association presents an in-person event, “Diverse Voices in May,” featuring three distinct poetic voices, Indran Amirthanayagam of Washington D.C., Sara Cahill Marron of Long Island, and Natalie E. Amazan, 2016 WWBA Student Poetry Writing Contest First Place winner. Drawing from their cultural backgrounds and infused with their personal philosophies, these three poets of diverse age, profession, and poetic style will join their voices to reflect the HOPE that each May brings for growth, new life, and change.
Indran Amirthanayagam, who holds a “world record” for publishing three poetry collections written in three different languages, reads from his book “Ten Thousand Steps Against the Tyrant.” Sara Cahill Marron, Associate Editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly and publisher at Beltway Editions, reads from her book “Call Me Spes.” Natalie E. Amazan, published in anthologies, journals, and other publications, reads from her first published poetry collection, “Still.”
Indran Amirthanayagam produced a “world record” in 2020 publishing three poetry collections written in three different languages. He writes in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. He has published twenty two poetry books, including Isleño (R.I.L. Editores), Blue Window (translated by Jennifer Rathbun) (Diálogos Books), Ten Thousand Steps Against the Tyrant (BroadstoneBooks.com), The Migrant States, Coconuts on Mars, The Elephants of Reckoning (winner 1994 Paterson Poetry Prize), Uncivil War and The Splintered Face: Tsunami Poems. In music, he recorded Rankont Dout. He edits the Beltway Poetry Quarterly (www.beltwaypoetry.com); writes https://indranamirthanayagam.blogspot.com; writes a weekly poem for Haiti en Marche and El Acento; has received fellowships from the Foundation for the Contemporary Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, The US/Mexico Fund for Culture and the Macdowell Colony. He is the IFLAC Word Poeta Mundial 2022. In 2021, he won an Emergent Seed grant. His poem “ Free Bird” has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and he hosts The Poetry Channel https://youtube.com/user/indranam. His new book, Origami: Selected Poems of Manuel Ulacia, has just been published by Dialogos Books. Another collection, Powèt nan po la (Poet of the Port), is forthcoming. Indran publishes poetry books with Sara Cahill Marron at Beltway Editions (www.beltwayeditions.com).
Sara Cahill Marron is the author of Reasons for the Long Tu’m (Broadstone Books, 2018), Nothing You Build Here, Belongs Here (Kelsay Books 2021), and Call Me Spes (MadHat Press 2022), and is the Associate Editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly and publisher, with partner in poetry Indran Amirthanayagam, at Beltway Editions (www.beltwayeditions.com). Her work has been published widely in literary magazines and journals such as Gravel, Atlas + Alice, Meniscus, Cordella, Newtown Literary, South Florida Poetry Journal, Golden Walkman, Lunch Ticket, and other anthologies, available at www.saracahillmarron.com.
Nathalie E. Amazan (she/her) is a Haitian American poet and writer from Long Island, New York. Nathalie’s writing strives to move people to recognize the power within our souls to love, be loved, and change to create more peaceful ways of being. When Nathalie was 17, she was a Grand Champion of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Poetry Contest. Since then, she has performed in several venues and has been published in anthologies, journals, and other publications including in the Poetic Justice: An Anthology of Poems by Muslims (Strange Inc. Press), Button Poetry’s 2021 Video Contest, Jabberwocky Undergraduate Literary Journal at UMass Amherst, and the Falastin Magazine by the Palestinian American Community Center (PACC). One can find her writings at natamazan.com andnatamazan.medium.com. One can connect with her by looking up her handle, @natamazan, on all social media platforms.
This program is made possible with funds from Poets & Writers, NY State Parks, Suffolk County, Town of Huntington, and NYS Council on the Arts through Huntington Arts Council.