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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 reviews:

Wellesley Center’s Women’s Review of Books- “Poetry of the Borderland,” Review by Dr. Norma Cantu: poetryoftheborderland

Kenyon Review March Micro Reviews

Upcoming Events:

December 3, 2016 10am-1pm, Humanities Texas Book Fair, Byrne-Reed House, 1410 Rio Grande, Austin, TX

Feb 17-18 Imaniman Anthology Release, Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin, TX

March 4th at 1pm SWTJC Chrystal City, TX (Students only.)

March 10th at 2:45pm-3:30pm Crystal City High School (Students only.)

March 10th at 4pm Dimmit County Public Library, Carrizo Springs, TX

March 25-26 Weekend Writing Retreat

April 3rd Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia

April 13th at 11am SWTJC Uvalde, TX (Students only.)

April 13th at 3pm El Progreso Memorial Library, Uvalde, TX

April TBA Trinity University/N. Cantu

May TBA  Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia


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