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Indran Amirthanayagam is a poet, editor, publisher, translator, youtube host and diplomat. For thirty years he has worked for his adoptive country, the United States, on diplomatic assignments in Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America. He has received the Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor awards (thrice) for his diplomatic work.

As a poet, 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-three poetry books, including Isleño (R.I.L. Editores), Blue Window (translated by Jennifer Rathbun) (Diálogos Books), Ten Thousand Steps Against the Tyrant (, 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 (; writes; 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” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Hosts The Poetry Channel New books include Origami: Selected Poems of Manuel Ulacia (Dialogos Books, January 2023). Indran publishes poetry books with Sara Cahill Marron at Beltway Editions (

Powèt Nan Pò A, a poetry collection by Indran Amirthanayagam,
is now available from MadHat Press.


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