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Iris Mónica Vargas

Iris Mónica Vargas
August 01
Iris Mónica Vargas grew up in humble Barrio Bajuras, in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Mónica is an independent writer who has also worked as an on-call Spanish-language medical interpreter. She has a master's degree in Physics, and another in Science Writing. Her first book, La ultima caricia (Terranova Editores, 2013), a meditation of the process of dissection written from the perspectives of a medical student and the person who donated his body to medicine, is now available in its digital version on The printed edition is due January, 2014.


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NOVEMBER 28, 2013 2:09AM

One Breath After Another

One Breath After AnotherIt’s likely I’ll forget the exact date: November third. My grandma died that day.  It was a Sunday. I will probably forget that too. I wasn’t there with her. Nobody was. I wasn’t even in the same country as she, and I was sure I would see her again.  Read full post »

MARCH 11, 2013 12:43PM

The Brief Story of America

His was one of many faces with bodies like bombs, ticking and waiting for the last ding of their hearts’ or livers’ bell to clang. Some time after eleven at night, at the emergency room of the small hospital where I worked as a medical interpreter, and where he was aRead full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2011 12:20AM

Interpreting A Three-Person Affair

By Iris Monica Vargas

She was suffering through the pains of contractions when I first saw her. And I would see her last when she had successfully delivered a beautiful and healthy babyRead full post »

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AUGUST 31, 2010 4:56AM

When Helping is an Ethical Quandary


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