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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.

NEW: I’ve been confirmed as part of the Texas Touring Roster (until 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

Click here for Electronic Press Release for Blood Sugar Canto


“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:

May 8, 2018 Interview on Nuestra Palabra’s radio show: Latino Writers Having Their Say

May 16th, 2018, 7-9 pm Sister City Literary Exchange, Panel with Manjiri Dhamankar from Pune, India, author Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, poet/writer ire’ne lara silva, Dr. Helena Woodard of the UT English department, and poet Saryu Parikh. City of Austin Asian Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin, TX.

Summer 2018–Mostly writing through the end of August.

Fall 2018 Calendar in development….check back!


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

Poetry, stories, and performances available online:

NEW! Keynote Address: Nomiccama Nomiccanacayo and the Necessity of Art in Difficult Times Nomiccāmā Nomiccānacayo

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

Performance: February 24, 2011 from Reading at Cocina del Caribe, Mission, TX Part 1 and Part 2 (Video):


Official website for poet/writer ire'ne lara silva