Dr. Irène P. Mathieu (she/her/hers) is a healer and artist – an academic pediatrician, writer, educator, and public health researcher. She is the award-winning author of three poetry collections – Grand Marronage (Switchback Books, 2019), orogeny (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017), and the galaxy of origins (dancing girl press, 2014). Her next book, milk tongue, is forthcoming in 2023 from Deep Vellum Press.
Irène is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia, where she practices outpatient pediatrics, runs community-engaged research and advocacy projects, and serves as Assistant Director of the Program in Health Humanities. She leads youth poetry workshops, teaches courses in literature and medicine at the undergraduate and medical student levels, and has given lectures on using the humanities as a tool for health equity at various institutions.
Her writing and advocacy work have been featured in the Washington Post, LA Times, Richmond Magazine, NPR, and more. Irène is a speaker with Centivox and is represented by Patricia Nelson of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Read her extended bio here.