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My third full-length collection of poetry, CUICACALLI/House of Song will be published by Saddle Road Press, March 2019!

Part song, part grito, part wail, part lullaby, and part hymn, Cuicacalli / House of Song is a multi-vocal exploration of time, place, and history. Song lives within and without the poet’s physical and spiritual experience of body, of desire, of art, of loss, and of grief on an individual and communal level. Cuicacalli / House of Song sings survival, sings indigeneity, sings some part of the tattered world back together.


New poems at Acentos Review: http://www.acentosreview.com/august2018/irene-lara-silva.html

Latest Book: IMANIMAN: Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands

In homage to Gloria Anzaldúa and her iconic work BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA, award-winning poets ire’ne lara silva and Dan Vera have assembled the work of 54 writers who reflect on the complex terrain—the deeply felt psychic, social, and geopolitical borderlands—that Anzaldúa inhabited, theorized, explored, and invented.

Named for the Nahuatl word meaning “their soul,” IMANIMAN presents work that is sparked from the soul: the individual soul, the communal soul. These poets interrogate, complicate, and personalize the borderlands in transgressive and transformative ways, opening new paths and revisioning old ones for the next generation of spiritual, political, and cultural border crossers.


Upcoming Events:

Date TBA, 6-10pm, The Beauty of our Borderlands: Dismantling the Fear of Our Fronteras, Panel discussion and poetry readings, South Texas College, McAllen, TX

February 15-16, 2019 TBA Houston, TX

February 23, 2019 Time/Location TBA, Authors Carrie Fountain, ire’ne lara silva, and Jasminne Méndez, Panel: From Roots to Bloom: Deconstructing Latinidad moderated by Natalia Sylvester, Third Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, Austin, TX

March 20, 2019, 7pm, Reading featuring David Bowles, Natalia Sylvester, Dan Vera, and ire’ne lara silva, McAllen Public Library, McAllen, TX

March 21, 2019, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Reading and Q&A, UT-Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX

April 6, 2019 TBA San Antonio, TX

April 13, 2019 Time TBA, Canto de Mujer featuring authors Anel Flores, Bonnie Ilza Cisneros, Ilza Garcia, Maribel Rubio, and ire’ne lara silva, MACC, Austin, TX

April 16-17 Reading/Class visit, Colby College, Waterville, Maine

April 27, 2019 7pm, Afro-Latinx Writers Showcase hosted by ire’ne lara silva, MACC, Austin, TX

Plans underway for readings/workshops! Check back soon! Contact me at irenelarasilva@gmail.com if you’re interested in booking me!






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