Irene Vàzquez

Irene Vázquez in a sleeveless yellow sweater in front of a modern building. Her hair is in braids and her arms are lifted with her hands behind her head.

Irene Vàzquez is a Black Mexican American poet, journalist, and editor. Irene graduated from Yale with a BA in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and English, as part of the 2021 cohort of Mellon Mays-Bouchet Fellows. Recently, Irene was named a winter/spring 2022 Brooklyn Poets Fellow. Irene’s works have appeared or are forthcoming in Muzzle, the Oxford American, and the lickety-split, among others. Mostly Irene likes drinking coffee, impulse-buying books, and reminding people that the South has something to say. Irene’s work can be found at www.irenevazquez.com. Bloof will publish her debut chapbook, Take Me to the Water, as part of our 2022–2023 handmade chapbook series.

(Photo credit: Gerardo Monarca Velasquez)