Listen to Voices: Haydee Beckles
Haydee Beckles is a second generation Panamanian; both of her parents were born in Panama, in La Boca, though her maternal and paternal grandparents were from Barbados. Though she lived in New York for a short time as a child, she and her mother became sick of the cold and moved back to Panama. Since then she has travelled the world, but continues to return to her beloved homeland. Haydee's career as a poet has sent her to a number of places: Holland, Brazil, France, Costa Rica, South Africa, Nicaragua, the United States, Romania, England, Canada, and Mexico—to name a few. She enjoys her travels, though she does note that not many people abroad know much about Panama. Haydee does not define herself as either Black or White, but instead defines herself by the language she speaks: Spanish. She is not married and does not have any children, but does have several nieces and nephews whom she loves dearly.