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NEW: I’ve been confirmed as part of the Texas Touring Roster (9/1/16-8/31/18)! Texas schools, libraries, universities, and non-profit organizations are able to apply to the Texas Commission on the Arts for a portion of artistic fees for artists on the Roster.  TCA.PressRelease

NEW: My profile at Have Book, Will Travel Click here!

Click here for Electronic Press Release for Blood Sugar Canto

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Saddle Road Press out of Hawai’i released my second full-length collection of poetry, Blood Sugar Canto in January. Order now! Click on image above or go to Books for a full listing…

“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

Most recent reviews:

Wellesley Center’s Women’s Review of Books- “Poetry of the Borderland,” Review by Dr. Norma Cantu: poetryoftheborderland

Kenyon Review March Micro Reviews

Upcoming Events:

Feb 17-18 Imaniman Anthology Release, Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin, TX

February 18, 2017 Outsider Fest, Panel, Austin, TX

March 4th at 1pm SWTJC Chrystal City, TX (Students only.)

March 10th at 2:45pm-3:30pm Crystal City High School (Students only.)

March 10th at 4pm Dimmit County Public Library, Carrizo Springs, TX

March 25-26, 2017 (Noon Saturday-3pm Sunday), Building a Writing Life: Balance, Self Care, and Getting Out of Our Own Way, a Weekend Writing Retreat led by ire’ne lara silva, Cost: $200 per person (Price includes 10 page mss review, all activities, overnight accommodations, and Sunday breakfast) Location: NHI’s Loma Linda in Maxwell, TX (between Austin and San Antonio) Spacious house sleeps 12, set on 50 acres of peaceful country. To register, email: irenelarasilva@yahoo.com

April 3rd Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia

April 13th at 11am SWTJC Uvalde, TX (Students only.)

April 13th at 3pm El Progreso Memorial Library, Uvalde, TX

April TBA Trinity University

May 2nd at 6pm Real County Public Library, Leakey, TX

May TBA  Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia

May 20, 2017 MACC Workshop #1

June 17, 2017 MACC Workshop #2

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Contact me to book a reading, workshop, or other presentation.

Poetry, stories, and performances available online:

NEW! Short excerpt from “Our Indigenous Flesh,” Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, Sept 2015

Poetry:”shame: a ghazal in pieces” in Poetry Society of America

Poetry: “dieta indigena” and “geo-physics of de-tribalization” in Kuikatl

Poetry: “en trozos/in pieces” 

Story: “Ocean’s Tongue” in Accentos Review

Poetry: “la frontera: aqui sonamos de mezcla” in Revista Literaria de El Tecolote

Poetry:“i come from women illiterate and rough-skinned” in Kweli Journal

Performance: December 2012, Transcultural Poetry Reading, Women and Fair Trade Festival, Austin, TX
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Performance: February 24, 2011 from Reading at Cocina del Caribe, Mission, TX Part 1 and Part 2 (Video):

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