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Dr. Irène P. Mathieu is a pediatrician, writer, and public health researcher who has lived and worked in the United States, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, and elsewhere. She is interested in community-engaged research, medical education, trauma-informed care, and social determinants of health.

Irène is the author of Grand Marronage (forthcoming from Switchback Books in 2019), which was selected as Editor’s Choice for the Gatewood Prize and runner-up for the Cave Canem/Northwestern book prize; orogeny (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017), which won the Bob Kaufman Book Prize; and the galaxy of origins (dancing girl press, 2014). Other honors include Yemassee Journal‘s Poetry Prize, Honorable Mention and Editor’s Choice in the Sandy Crimmins National Poetry contest, and three Pushcart Prize nominations. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Narrative, Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Los Angeles Review, Callaloo, New Delta Review, Yemassee, Foundry, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.

Irène is a poetry book reviewer for Muzzle Magazine and an editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine‘s humanities section. She holds a BA in International Relations from the College of William & Mary and a MD from Vanderbilt University. Irène completed her residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was a global health track resident. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program and Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop.

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