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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


Saddle Road Press out of Hawai’i just 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 review: Kenyon Review March Micro Reviews



Upcoming Events:


September 10, 2016 5pm, Book Release Event for Blood Sugar Canto, Resistencia Bookstore, 4926 E. Cesar Chavez, Unit C-1, Austin, TX 78702.

September 17-18, 2016, (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: $250 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

October 1, 2016 TBA Phoenix, AZ

November 2016 TBA San Antonio, TX

February 2017 TBA Austin, TX

April 2017 TBA West Virginia

May 2017 TBA San Francisco, CA

May 2017 TBA Virginia

July 2017 TBA Oklahoma


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

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


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