With thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts for all they do, I’ve been accepted to the 2020-2022 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.

About ire’ne lara silva’s third full-length collection of poetry, CUICACALLI/House of Song:

“These are necessary and generous poems of both/and, not either/or. They know that song needs silence as much as silence needs song. They remind us that our joys, our losses, our desires, our failings, all swim in the great complicated river of what we know and don’t know. Finally, even when raging, they celebrate and carry on. ¡No se dan por vencidos! Poems we so need now. ¡Brava!”

—Rosemary Catacalos, 2013 Texas Poet Laureate, author of Again for the First Time


Upcoming events:

June 19, 2021, 6-8pm CDT, World Refugee Day Virtual Poetry Event, with Selected Anthology Poets, Carmen Tafolla, Octavio Quintanilla, ire’ne lara silva, jo reyes-boitel, Eddie Vega, Abril Garcia-Linn,  Christopher “Rooster” Martinez, Daisy Bermea, Joy Jimenez, Natalia Trevino, Rod Carlos Rodriguez, Erica de la Rosa.

June 25, 2021, 7pm CDT Online. Bookwoman presents a reading celebrating recent awards by LGBTQ writers featuring KB Brookins, David Meischen, and ire’ne lara silva. Hosted by Cindy Huyser. To register: https://tinyurl.com/queer-reading

June 28, 2021 Online UC-Santa Barbara visit.

August 2021 TBA via Zoom, RASPA Magazine Reading for release of Issue #8

August 19, 2021, 7pm. Decolonizing Love/LGBT Reading featuring Cesar L. DeLeon, jo reyes-boitel, and ire’ne lara silva. Hosted by the Valley Aids Council. Edinburg, TX

August 20, 2021, 10-12pm, “Dismantling Doubt Workshop” led by ire’ne lara silva. Description: Everyone—from the beginning writer to the most established writer—has to deal with doubt at some time or another…We’ll discuss some approaches to getting over, under, around, and/or through doubt. 2 hour workshop. Open to writers of all genres and levels. Free. Elsa Public Library,  711 N. Hidalgo St., Elsa, TX

August 20, 2021 Closed visit to Edcouch Elsa High School, Elsa, TX

August 26, 2021 Closed Workshop, UT-RGV, Edinburg, TX

August 26, 2021 Closed Reading, UT-RGV, Edinburg, TX

August 26, 2021 7pm, Reading with Rodney Gomez, Celina A Gomez, Edward Vidaurre, Julieta Corpus, and ire’ne lara silva, Edinburg Public Library, 1906 S. Closner, Edinburg, TX

September 2021 TBA Dieciseis de Septiembre Reading, San Antonio, TX

October 2, 2021 Time TBA. Release of ire’ne lara silva’s chapbook, Hibiscus Tacos (Alabrava Press) and First Poems: ani’mal, INDiGENA, and furia (FlowerSong Books). Music by Los Nahuatlatos, Location TBA, San Antonio, TX

October 16, 2021, 5pm, Austin Release of ire’ne lara silva’s chapbook, Hibiscus Tacos (Alabrava Press) and First Poems: ani’mal, INDiGENA, and furia (FlowerSong Books), Resistencia Bookstore, Austin, TX

October 23, 2021 Time TBA, Workshop led by ire’ne lara silva through Austin Bat Cave: “Contemplating Mortality to Fuel Your Writing Practice”

October 2021 Time TBA, Texas Book Festival, Austin, 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