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.
New releases!


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


February 12, 2022 1-4pm Central Time via Zoom, Sitting in Your Power, Workshop led by ire’ne lara silva So many of our conversations with ourselves and other artists center around doubt, imposter syndrome, being critical of our work, and comparing ourselves to others. In these 3 hours of guided meditations, discussions, and writing prompts, we will focus on claiming our spaces, owning our voices, and dreaming our futures as writers, thinkers, and individuals. To register, send $75 via paypal or zelle to: irenelarasilva@yahoo.com

May 21, 2022 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