Irene Marques

Irene Marques
Writer and Scholar

Born in Adsamo.
Based in Toronto.

Writing helps me centre and understand myself better. It calms me. It’s a kind of meditation. A way of connecting with or understanding the transcendental. It has a very mystical and spiritual side – Irene Marques.

Irene Marques is a prolific author and scholar based in Toronto, where she arrived in 1990 after leaving her rural village of Adsamo. She has published several books of poetry, novels, and academic work in comparative literature and African studies. Some of her recent work reflects on her personal and family experiences growing up in Portugal’s conservative rural society, the Estado Novo dictatorship and its Colonial Wars, and her life as a newcomer to multicultural Toronto.


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