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:

April 2021 Anthology Release Online. More information to come.

April 11, 2021 3-4pm CST, San Antonio Book Festival Online. Nepantla Familias: Mexican American Literature on Families in Between Worlds Anthology. Panel featuring Rigoberto González, Octavio Quintanilla, and ire’ne lara silva. Moderator Sergio Troncoso. More info: https://sabookfestival.org/online-edition

April 19, 2021 7:30-9:00pm, Roundtop Poetry Festival, Online Workshop “Telling the Truth” led by ire’ne lara silva. Description: My first and last advice to writers about writing is the importance of learning to tell ourselves the truth– to make a practice of reaching beyond surface truths to the deeper truths that make us who we are and inform the creative work to do. This workshop will be writing intensive.  Sharing will be optional. All genres and skill levels welcome. To register: Workshops | Poetry at Round Top

April 22, 2021 Class visit via Zoom. UT-El Paso. CLOSED TO PUBLIC.

April 22, 2021 Class visit via Zoom. California Institute of Integral Studies. CLOSED TO PUBLIC.

April 24, 2021Time TBA ESB Mexican American Cultural Cente’s event, La Mujer: A Celebration of Womxn, an annual celebration of womxn in the arts,  inspired by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, who is considered the first feminist of the Americas. This year, we are highlighting the accomplishments of mujeres, of womxn, in Austin who inspire us.  ONLINE

April 24, 2021 430-530pm CST/530-630EST Annapolis Book Festival Online.  Nepantla Familias: Mexican American Literature on Families in Between Worlds Anthology. Panel featuring  ire’ne lara silva, Rudy Ruiz, and Sergio Troncoso, .For more information: Annapolis Book Festival | The Key School

April 29, 2021 Class visit via Zoom, University of Houston, CLOSED TO PUBLIC

May 7, 2021 Class visit via Zoom, Stanford University, CA CLOSED TO PUBLIC

May 10, 2021 Workshop, UT-Austin CLOSED TO PUBLIC

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

Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice with ire’ne lara silva and Marilyse Figueroa

La Palabra Poetry Series, hosted by Angelina Saenz, August 2020: https://www.facebook.com/la.l.vive/videos/3365638000221805

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

Official website for poet/writer ire'ne lara silva