With thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts for all they do, I’ve been accepted to the 2020-2024 Texas Touring Roster. What this means is that Texas schools, libraries, and non-profit organizations can apply to TCA for up to 50% of my fee.
*Please note that this currently DOES cover virtual performances and workshops.

October 2021 New releases!


To pre-order: https://www.flowersongpress.com/books-1/p/firstpoemslarasilva

In an unprecedented collection, FirstPoems: ani’mal, INDíGENA, and furia brings together all of ire’ne lara silva’s poems published between 1994 and 2010. ani’mal, focusing on love and desire, and INDíGENA, focusing on identity and culture, were two chapbooks self-published by the author in 2001. furia is silva’s first full-length collection, first published my Mouthfeel Press in 2010. About furia, Carmen Tafolla said, “furia is a fastpaced fury of pain and protest, grief and truth, a mad excursion into the howling depths of that which makes us human, able to hate or love or speak…. this collection is an exciting blend of styles—from the experimental litanies of words which echo, wrestle, and court each other, to the epic eloquence of works–Even in the darkest of depictions, the reader is drawn in, fed with the rawness and the reality of the emotion, fed with the power of truth.”

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Coming this October!
My short story, “Hibiscus Tacos,” with a gorgeous Spanish translation by Julieta Corpus ♥️
Artwork: “Untitled” by my brother Luciano Lara

“Hibiscus Tacos is a miracle of a story to be tasted as much as read, one that lands me firmly and tenderly in the body, while also lifting me into the ageless realms of spirit. I will return to this story again and again, to remind myself of the sweet immortality of Art and inspiration and love. ” –Mona Susan Power

Published by Alabrava Press!
Pre-order | Limited edition | signed & numbered chapbook | $15, VENMO @ Alabravapress
To pre-order, send $15 via PayPal or zelle to: irenelarasilva@yahoo.com


September 21, 2021 6pm  Online Reading and Panel  featuring Carmen Tafolla, Octavio Quintanilla, ire’ne lara silva, Edward Vidaurre. San Antonio Museum of Art hosting this event in honor of the anthology, Puro Chicanx: Writers of the 21st-Century

September 22, 2021 7pm. VIRTUAL. Reading with Rodney Gomez, Celina A Gomez, Edward Vidaurre, Julieta Corpus, and ire’ne lara silva. Hosted by South Texas College. Zoom link:

September 30, 2021 7pm Online Reading and Platica featuring ire’ne lara silva. TAMIU-Laredo.

October 2, 2021 5pm. VIRTUAL Release of ire’ne lara silva’s chapbook, Hibiscus Tacos (Alabrava Press) and First Poems: ani’mal, INDiGENA, and furia (FlowerSong Press).

October 23, 2021 12:30-3:30pm Writing Workshop led by ire’ne lara silva through Austin Bat Cave: “Contemplating Mortality to Fuel Your Writing Practice” This three-hour virtual workshop will primarily feature discussions and writing exercises centered on mortality, life, and writing goals. The intent is to move away from fear and towards truth, to sit comfortably or uncomfortably with reminders of our mortality, to both grieve and celebrate our losses, and to strategize how a realistic but peaceful relationship with our mortality can fuel us as artists. To register: https://austinbatcave.org/product/contemplating-mortality/

October 2021 Time TBA, Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX

February 4, 2022 Time TBA San Antonio, TX

Video clips:

“you love rivers,” recorded by Emmy Perez for Poets Against Walls, 2019: https://www.facebook.com/poetsagainstwalls/videos/338174926840639

“what i remembered yesterday,” filmed by Maria G. Rios, 2019: https://www.facebook.com/irenelarasilva/videos/10224102146879355

NEW: Latinaxe Lit hosted by Dr. Jackie Cuevas

Header Image Art: detail from Phantoms by Moises S. L. Lara

Official website for poet/writer ire'ne lara silva