Poet Jeanie Bogart Speaks Her Mind

 

Jeanie Bogart‘s award-winning poems  have been published in many anthologies, including: “Plaisir des Mots” by Dossiers d’Aquitaine, France 2007 ;  La Poésie Haïtienne Contemporaine” by La Maison de la Poésie, Belgium 2007;  la Revue Littéraire Passerelle, Montréal 2008.

In 2008, Un Jour… tes pantoufles, was published by Éditions Paroles, Montreal.  She released a CD of Haitian Creole poetry titled “Dènye Rèl” in 2009. In Feb 2011, she published Eloge de l’Interlocuteur with poet Saint-John Kauss (Editions Joseph Ouaknine -France).

She was a signing author at Livres en Folie Haiti in 2009.

She has performed at the Bowery Poetry Club, the Brecht Forum, BLVD, the Brooklyn Central Library, The Ferguson Library in Connecticut, Poetry Slam: Celebrating Haitian Women Lehman College, among other venues.

A yet untitled novel and the new poetry book, Paradoxe, are forthcoming.

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Jeanie is from Les Cayes, Haiti.  When she’s not busy negotiating life with her four girls, she pens some of the most luxurious poems in French and Haitian Kreyòl.

“I did not choose to become a poet,” Jeanie explains. “Poetry chose me.  The desire to write consumed me. There was nothing I could do.  I was 14 years old. I would stand by the sea and write for hours.  I did not want to do anything else.  Don’t ask me why. When people say they like my poems, it makes me feel that I have a purpose.  I don’t do it just for myself.  We all share the same joy and sadness.  I write also about my country.  Of course, I write about my country; my poetry is about love . . .”

 

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Michèle Voltaire Marcelin: Part Two

No Masks. No Apologies.

Part Two of the InnerView with Michèle Voltaire Marcelin was  challenging.  She is brutally honest.  Persistent. She tends to answer questions with questions of her own. Caustic ones, at times.  She’s searching for a certain truth. She dreams with her eyes wide open.  She has known both the sharp and dull edges of real and make-believe knives. She survived to tell. Now, she laughs at it all — a sometime sad and sometime happy laugh that reverberates long after she’s gone.

Michèle Voltaire Marcelin: Life Always Triumphs

Michèle Voltaire Marcelin is a writer, poet, performer, and visual artist who has lived in Haiti, Chile and the United States.

Her first novel, La Désenchantée, was published in 2006. Since then, she has published its Spanish translation, La Desencantada, as well as two other books of poetry and prose: Lost and Found, and Amours et Bagatelles– which was recently translated to Spanish and which she presented this February at the International Book Fair of Havana, Cuba.

Michele’s work is also included in two poetry anthologies published in France :Terre de Femmes (Editions Bruno Doucey) and Cahier Haiti by Revue d’Art, Littérature et Musique.

Maya Angelou declared her poems “stunning” in an interview on OprahRadio:

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Author Edwidge Danticat wrote: “The seventy-four poems in Michèle Voltaire Marcelin’s “Lost and Found” are as sensual as they are lyrical, as tender as they are incandescent. Make sure you are sitting down, or better yet lying down, with your beloved and a glass of wine, as you read them. Your heart — and your love life — will never be the same.”

Michèle recently read her poetry at the International Miami Book Fair along side Paul Farmer, Salman Rushdie, and Edwidge Danticat. She’s been featured as one of the poets of the NewsHour on PBS and interviewed by CNN Español.

She has performed her poetry solo and with jazz bands at the Brooklyn Museum , the MoCADA, La MaMa theatre, Cornelia Street Cafe, the United Nations, the Segal Theatre, and most recently at UCLA with Jonathan Demme, Maggie Steber, Mark Denner in Haiti Stories.

She has shared the stage with artistic luminaries Emeline Michel, Manno Charlemagne, Buyu Ambroise, Beethova Obas, Jessica St.Vil of KanuDance. Her artwork has been exhibited at the MoCADA, the African-American Museum of L.I., The Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center and the Mupanah in Haiti.

This Port-au-Prince born artist writes in 3 languages and currently lives and teaches in New York.