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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:


October 1, 2016 12pm Writing workshop (4 hours) Description: Caressing the Flame: Writing the Difficult… 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. Workshop cost: $50.  ONLY 15 SPACES are available in order to create an intentional and intimate space. Mujeres del Sol believes in paying artist for their time, treasure, and truth. Proceeds will go to artist herself. Please register via Paypal: irenelarasilva@yahoo.com  Location: Puente Human Rights Movement, 1937 W. Adams St, Phoenix, AZ

October 1, 2016 8pm Reading from Blood Sugar Canto, Palabras Libreria/Bookstore, 1023 Grand Avenue, Phoenix AZ

October 11, 2016 7:30 Reading at Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX

November 4, 2016 TBA El Mundo Zurdo Conference, San Antonio, TX

November 4, 2016 7pm Celebrating Huizache’s 6th Issue, Austin, TX

November 6, 2016 TBA Reading Blood Sugar Canto, Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX

February 17-18, 2017 MACC, Austin, TX

March 2017 TBA

April 2017 TBA West Virginia

May 2017 TBA Virginia

July 2017 TBA Oklahoma


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