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**NEW** My third full-length collection of poetry, CUICACALLI/House of Song will be published by Saddle Road Press, March 2019!

IMANIMAN: Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands

In homage to Gloria Anzaldúa and her iconic work BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA, award-winning poets ire’ne lara silva and Dan Vera have assembled the work of 54 writers who reflect on the complex terrain—the deeply felt psychic, social, and geopolitical borderlands—that Anzaldúa inhabited, theorized, explored, and invented.

Named for the Nahuatl word meaning “their soul,” IMANIMAN presents work that is sparked from the soul: the individual soul, the communal soul. These poets interrogate, complicate, and personalize the borderlands in transgressive and transformative ways, opening new paths and revisioning old ones for the next generation of spiritual, political, and cultural border crossers.

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“Silva is a poet-curandera who “sings the body electric,” transforming suffering into song. She probes the ways that love, justice and forgiveness help heal our individual selves and our communities. I am profoundly grateful for ire’ne’s hard-won wisdom and poetic gifts.”
–Demetria Martinez, author of The Block Captain’s Daughter


Upcoming Events:

October 17, 2018 6:30-9:30pm Caressing the Flame: Writing the Difficult Writing Workshop.  Price: $65. To register: email irenelarasilva@yahoo.com
Whether we’re writing from personal experience or on behalf of our characters going through difficult life experiences, it can be challenging to write poetry or prose that is alive, present, authentic, and risky. In this workshop, we’ll be trying several different approaches to really enter those places and find what we need there–for ourselves and our characters. Open to writers of all levels and genres. The Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX

October 18, 2018 Class visit, University of Houston, Houston, TX

October 18, 2018, 7pm, Reading with Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Huff House, Rice University, Houston, TX

October 19, 2018 Class visit, UT-Austin, Austin, TX

October 27, 2018, 8pm Release party for Huizache Magazine #8, MACC, Austin, TX

November 10, 2018, 7pm, Latinx New Books Showcase, MACC, Austin, TX


November 11, 2018, 1pm, Reading with Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Malvern Books, Austin, TX

Plans underway for readings/workshops in San Marcos, Houston, Wisconsin, and California. Check back soon! Contact me at irenelarasilva@gmail.com if you’re interested in booking me!


Contact me to book a reading, workshop, or keynote: irenelarasilva@gmail.com




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