Indran Amirthanayagam is Public Affairs Counselor at the US Embassy in Port au Prince. He has served as Regional Environment Officer for South America, Public Affairs Officer in Vancouver, Monterrey and Chennai, Environment, Science, Technology and Health/Consular Officer in Mexico City, Pol/GSO in Abidjan, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer in Brussels, and Junior Officer in Buenos Aires.
He writes poetry and essays in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. He has published eleven poetry collections thus far, including The Elephants of Reckoning (Hanging Loose Press, NY, 1993) which won the 1994 Paterson Prize in the United States and The Splintered Face: Tsunami Poems (Hanging Loose Press, NY, 2008) A collection of French poems, Aller-Retour au Bord de La Mer, was published by Legs Editions (Port au Prince, December 2014). HIs latest in English is Uncivil War (Tsar Collections, 2013), and in Spanish, Ventana Azul (El Tapiz del Unicornio, Mexico City, 2016). His articles and essays have been published in the New York Times, the Hindu, Reforma, El Norte, The Indian Express, The Deccan Chronicle, The Daily News (Sri Lanka), the Island (Sri Lanka), among other newspapers. His poems and translations have appeared in Grand Street, the Kenyon Review, the Massachusetts Review, New England Review, Exquisite Corpse, Hanging Loose, BOMB, Alforja, Siempre, La Gaceta, Groundviews, The Portable Lower East Side, among other magazines. They have been included in the anthologies ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets CafZÀ, The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America, Language for a New Century, Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry, Living in America, the Poety of Roses, Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami, among others.