Irène P. Mathieu, MD celebrates the release of her new book of poetry, Grand Marronage (Switchback Books, 2019) – Editor’s Choice for the Gatewood Prize; Runner-up for the Cave Canem/Northwestern Book Prize.
Mathieu is a pediatrician and award-winning poet. She is the author of two other poetry collections, orogeny (Trembling Pillow Press) and the galaxy of origins (dancing girl press).
“In Irène Mathieu’s Grand Marronage her poems dig beneath the surface of gender, culture, and memory to create a complex multi-layered collection driven by a nuanced cultural lens that is rarely found in contemporary poetry. With poems both visceral and ethereal Grand Marronage attempts its own kind of freedom by highlighting the black body in a localized history and space of intimacy. These are poems that never forget the contexts of human experience and pull us deeper into our understanding of who we are today and how we came to be.” —Matthew Shenoda