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.

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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


August 6, 2022  1pm (Central) Writing the Difficult- Virtual Workshop led by ire’ne lara silva, Whether we’re writing from personal experience or on behalf of our characters going through difficult life experiences, it can be challenging to write poetry or prose that is alive, present, authentic, and risky. In this workshop, we’ll be trying several different approaches to really enter those places and find what we need there–for ourselves and our characters. Open to writers of all levels and genres.

September 28, 2022 6:30pm Reading featuring ire’ne lara silva, Temple College-Hutto, Hutto, TX

October 22, 2022 VersoFrontera, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX

April 12, 2023 TBA Notre Dame University

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

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

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