"There is an intimacy in these poems that cannot be taught." - Davidson Foundation Fellowship Selection Committee
"Your poems make me feel like I can fight someone" - a friend
Irene Vázquez is a poet, editor, and journalist from Houston, Texas. Irene completed her B.A. summa cum laude in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and English at Yale. In 2021, with the support of the Pulitzer Center, Irene reported on environmental justice advocacy and healing in Black and Indigenous communities on the Louisiana coast. Her debut chapbook, Take Me to the Water, is forthcoming from Bloof Books in October 2022. Irene writes about Black feminist ecopoetics, placemaking, and futures. She was part of the 2021 cohort of Mellon Mays-Bouchet Fellows at Yale; her project seeks to understand how French Caribbean poetics can provide a model for thinking beyond sovereignty. Irene is a Pushcart Prize nominated writer and a 2017 Davidson Fellow in Literature for her project "Ebb and Flow: Translating Lives in Transition." When she's not writing, she likes drinking coffee, watching Queen Sugar and reminding folks that the South has something to say.
Selected Awards and Commendations
Yale English Department, John Hubbard Curtis Prize, 2021
Yale English Department, Henry Strong Prize in American Literature, 2021