ire’ne lara silva’s third full-length collection of poetry, CUICACALLI/House of Song, is now available!

“ire’ne lara silva’s most recent collection of poems, CUICACALLI / House of Song, is pure music, and it will enter your body and open doors to your history like a lullaby with a machete. Yes, this gentle voice will scrape stones and make sparks fly, will seep into your senses and beckon like honey for your tongue to touch the blade of its making. Read it. Be bruised by its love.”

–Octavio Quintanilla, author of If I Go Missing, 2018-2020 San Antonio Poet Laureate


New poems:

At Acentos Review

At Jet Fuel Review

Upcoming events:

October 19, 2019 2a-5p Writing Workshop led by ire’ne lara silva,“Forget Discipline: How to Want Your Way Through Writing” “Forget Discipline: How to Want Your Way Through Writing a Book” In this class, we absolutely will not talk about ‘stealing time,’ writing schedules, writing on a daily basis, creating a physical space for writing, word counts, or creating outlines. Every time the word ‘discipline’ is spoken, the group will loudly boo, bang pots and pans, or stomp their feet in emphatic opposition. What we will discuss here is inspiration and imagination. We’ll investigate what it means to  start or re-start a book project, connecting with the root of our desire to write, to create, to speak, to share. We’ll interrogate the internal/external obstacles that keep us from the work we long to do. We’ll question everything we’ve ever thought writing or writers have to be. This workshop will focus on sharpening our hunger to write—day after day, week after week, month after month. Location: TBA San Antonio, TX. Cost to register: $65. To register: irenelarasilva@yahoo.com

October 26, 2019 Texas Book Festival, 2:15-3pm, “Singing to it: Poetry that Moves Through Music,” with Tyree Daye, ire’ne lara silva, and Orlando Ricardo Menes, Capitol Extension Room 2.028 , Austin, TX

October 27, 2019 Texas Book Festival, 2:15-3:30pm, “Compressing and Condensing: Stories in Short Form,” with Edward Vidaurre, ire’ne lara silva, and Gabino Iglesias, Latinx Lit Tent , Austin, TX

November 1, 2019 TBA Panels, 1) “Poesia Nueva of the Borderlands: On Faith, History, and Identity” with ire’ne lara silva, Rodney Gomez, Octavio Quintanilla, and Natalia Trevino; and Panel 2) “Testimonio, Relationship and Mythic Realities in El Mundo Zurdo: New Fication and Poetry from Queer Tejana Writers” with ire’ne lara silva, jo reyes-boitel, Anel Flores, and Maribel Rubio, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

November 8, 2019 11a-1pm Reading and workshop with ire’ne lara silva and Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Rice University, Houston, TX

November 8, 2019 7PM, Latinx Showcase with Roberto Tejeda, ire’ne lara silva, and Em Felker. Hosted by Defunkt Magazine, Transart Foundation, 1412 W. Alabama St, Houston, TX

November 9, 2019 2a-5p Writing Workshop led by ire’ne lara silva, “Forget Discipline: How to Want Your Way Through Writing”, Location TBA. Houston, TX. Cost to register: $65. To register: irenelarasilva@yahoo.com

November 10, 2019 Time TBA, Writer’s League of Texas presents Texas Writes! ACC-Rio Grande, Austin, TX

November 14, 2019 Time TBA Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO w/ guest, ire’ne lara silva, Cactus Café, Texas Union, 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX

November 16, 2019 7pm, Reading with Esteban Rodriguez and ire’ne lara silva, Malvern Books, Austin, TX

December 12, 2019 7pm Reading with Natalia Trevino and ire’ne lara silva, Bookwoman, Austin, TX


February 6 & 7, 2020 University Author’s Day, Texas A & M- Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX

February 22 & 29, 2020 TBA San Antonio, TX

February 22, 2020 TBA La Feria, TX

February 28, 2020 TBA San Antonio, TX

March 4-7, 2020 TBA AWP, San Antonio, TX

March 2020, TBA, Miami, FL

March 22, 2020 TBA Houston, TX

April 2020, TBA, Silver City, NM

Plans underway for readings/workshops! Check back soon!

To book, please email:  irenelarasilva@gmail.com




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