Irene Vázquez is a poet, editor, and journalist from Houston, Texas. She is an incoming editorial assistant at Levine Querido. Irene is a recent graduate of Yale College, where she was an Edward A. Bouchet Fellow. Her writing explores Black placemaking, feminisms, and ecopoetics in the U.S. South and Caribbean. Vázquez is a 2020 recipient of a NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Scholarship as well as a We Need Diverse Books Internship Grant. Her work has been published in The Texas Observer, Curbed, and Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language and Culture. When she's not writing, she likes drinking coffee, watching women’s basketball, and reminding people that the South has something to say.