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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, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, and elsewhere. She is interested in social determinants of health, trauma-informed care, global public health, community-engaged research, and medical education.

Irène is the author of orogeny (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017), which won the Bob Kaufman Book Prize, and the galaxy of origins (dancing girl press, 2014). She has won Yemassee Journal‘s Poetry Prize, received Honorable Mention and Editor’s Choice awards in the Sandy Crimmins National Poetry contest, and been a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, Boston Review, The Caribbean Writer, Southern Humanities Review, Los Angeles Review, Callaloo, New Delta Review, Yemassee, Foundry, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.

She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. Irène is a poetry book reviewer for Muzzle Magazine, an editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine‘s humanities section, and a contributing author on the Global Health Hub blog. She holds a BA in International Relations from the College of William & Mary and a MD from Vanderbilt University.

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