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Mara-Joanne Derinor

Mara-Joanne Derinor, also known as Belle La Poet, is a Haitian-American poet, writer, song-writer, dancer, director, and choreographer. Her poetry and flash fiction has been recognized and published in Barry University’s Newspaper. Two of her poems written about the history and culture of Haiti titled “A People” and “Unity” were both published by Haiti: Then and Now” (HTN) in 2017. Her poem “The Last Dance” and her choreographed ballet piece was featured in Indian River State College’s Dance Ensemble January 2018. She has been featured in The South Florida Sun. She is also a 2018 scholarship recipient of the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida.