"Michèle Voltaire Marcelin is a poet/writer, performer and painter who was born and raised in Haiti, sojourned in Chile, and currently lives in the United States. The publication of her first novel “La Désenchantée” (CIDIHCA, Montréal-2006) was followed by its Spanish translation “La Desencantada” and two other books of poetry and prose: “Lost and Found” and “Amours et Bagatelles” (CIDIHCA, Montréal-2009) - translated into Spanish by Editorial ALBA as "Amores y cosas sin importancia" - all of which garnered rave reviews. Her writings are also featured in 3 anthologies published in France: "Cahier Haiti" (published by RAL'M-2009), "Terre de Femmes" (Editions Bruno Doucey-2011) "Revue Intranqu'îllités" (2012). She speaks and writes fluently French, English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. She has a BFA from the Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts at CUNY and a Masters from The New School for Social Research." -(Lidous)
Michele Voltaire, a poet, and painter, performer, gets all of her inspiration from her past experiences and the emotions that were invoked from them in a way that people can either interpret for themselves or just understand better. Her amazing talent and gift to share her thoughts come primarily from her life and the way she was raised, her joyful and miserable points of her life, and her true purpose as an artist.
Michele Voltaire was born in Port-au prince, Haiti. During the time she spent there she was constantly deprived and heartbroken by the poverty and oppression there was there. Having had of such a sensation then she could endure she sojourned to Santiago, Chile with aid of a brother. There was where she had experienced one of the greatest traumas in her life, the loss of her first husband. He was assassinated due to the coup d’état in Chile. Years later, Michele, went off to New York where she went further into poetry by going Leonard Davis Center for Performing Arts.-("Voltaire Marcelin, Michèle - Île En île." Voltaire Marcelin, Michèle - Île En île. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/ile.en.ile/paroles/voltaire-marcelin.html)
Furthermore, Michele’s love for performing arts comes in various forms as she loves to paint as well as act and sing. Unlike other artist, Michele does not like to be limited to just one form of self-expression. To her it is like having to choose just one of your senses when you can have them all. With this thought process of hers she is easily overwhelmed with her options but she says that “the rush of emotions that she’s able to get with that is a beautiful feeling”.-( Michèle Voltaire Marcelin – Onè? Respè!" On Resp. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. http://writersofhaiti.com/tag/michele-voltaire-marcelin/). In fact this interest came as early as her childhood. When her father would take her to the library , Michele would randomly and haphazardly choose numerous books to take home with as she saw the tie and relationship all books had with each other and her.- (MichÃ¨le Voltaire Marcelin: An Interview with the Multifaceted Artist." MichÃ¨le Voltaire Marcelin: An Interview with the Multifaceted Artist. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2013. http://kreyolicious.com/michele-voltaire-marcelin-an-interview-with-the-multifaceted-artist/5504/). That mentality grew and evolved with her as she herself did.
Michele Voltaire’s poems in whole are ones with a common, distinct message that is the prime purpose of them to her. She normally uses personification to give life to her poetry as they are what give life to us. Michele feels that as ideas and thoughts are forced upon us, it’s our job to interpret them.-( "Michèle Voltaire Marcelin – Onè? Respè!" On Resp. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. http://writersofhaiti.com/tag/michele-voltaire-marcelin/). a. In Michele Voltaire’s latest poem, Aprils End, it depicts how the month of April reminds her good, thoughtful memories of the good parts of her childhood. She shows the innocence that even the wisest of us still have when spring comes around. She looks at life as a learning experience and that sometimes the most we’ll ever learn is that we know nothing. As she gives lectures to many young artists in university study, she shares this with them in hopes they can see art in the context that it’s in it purest in.
All in all ,Michele Voltaire, a general artist, gets all of her inspiration, all of her emotions and drive to write or paint or act simply from her past experiences and the emotions that were invoked from them in a way that people can either interpret for themselves or just understand better. But more especially, from her will and desire to spread life and share love , just as her traumas from her death of her loves ones have shown her as well as her new beginnings has.
- "Voltaire Marcelin, Michèle - Île En île." Voltaire Marcelin, Michèle - Île En île. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. <http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/ile.en.ile/paroles/voltaire-marcelin.html>
-"MichÃ¨le Voltaire Marcelin: An Interview with the Multifaceted Artist." MichÃ¨le Voltaire Marcelin: An Interview with the Multifaceted Artist. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2013. http://kreyolicious.com/michele-voltaire-marcelin-an-interview-with-the-multifaceted-artist/5504/
- "Michèle Voltaire Marcelin – Onè? Respè!" On Resp. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. http://writersofhaiti.com/tag/michele-voltaire-marcelin/
-"La Dous Ki Vyen." La Dous Ki Vyen. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2013. <http://www.lidous.net/bio/>.
-"Gens De La Caraïbe." Gens De La Caraïbe. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. <http://www.gensdelacaraibe.org/index.php?option=com_content>
raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti then sojourned to Chile.