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SHORT BIO: ire’ne lara silva is the author of two poetry collections, furia (Mouthfeel Press, 2010) and Blood Sugar Canto (Saddle Road Press, 2016), which were both finalists for the International Latino Book Award in Poetry, an e-chapbook, Enduring Azucares, (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015), as well as a short story collection, flesh to bone (Aunt Lute Books, 2013) which won the Premio Aztlán. She and poet Dan Vera are also the co-editors ofImaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, (Aunt Lute Books, 2017), a collection of poetry and essays. ire’ne is the recipient of a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, the final recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldúa Milagro Award. ire’ne is currently working on a new collection of poetry, CUICACALI/House of Song,and her first novel, Naci.

LONG BIO:

ire’ne lara silva is the author of three chapbooks: ani’mal, INDíGENA and  Enduring Azucares (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015). Her two full length poetry collections, furia (Mouthfeel Press, 2010) and Blood Sugar Canto (Saddle Road Press, 2016) were finalists for the International Latino Book Award in Poetry. Her first collection of short stories, flesh to bone, was published by Aunt Lute Press in 2013. flesh to bone received the 2013 Premio Aztlan, placed 2ND for the 2014 TEJAS NACCS FOCO Award in Fiction, and was a Finalist for ForeWard Review’s Book of the Year Award in Multicultural Fiction. flesh to bone was also selected as the May 2014 Book of the Month for the National Latino Book Club/Las Comadres.

She is the recipient of a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, the 2014 Recipient of the final Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the 2013 Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s Gift of Freedom, the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award, a Macondo member, and a 2010 Cantomundo Inaugural Fellow. From 2004 to 2008, she was the Executive Coordinator for the Macondo Writing Workshop/Macondo Foundation. She and Moises S. L. Lara were co-coordinators for the Flor De Nopal Literary Festival (2011-2015).  http://flordenopalliteraryfestival.wordpress.com/

ire’ne’s poetry, short stories and essays have appeared in more than fifty journals and anthologies, including Acentos Review, Ginosko Literary Journal, Mas Tequila Review, PilgrimageCIPACTLI, Kweli Journal, The Worcester Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Palabra, The Weight of Addition: Texas Poetry Anthology, Improbable Worlds Anthology, Beat Texas Poetry Anthology, Turtle Island to Abya Yala: A Love Anthology of Art and Poetry by Native American and Latina Women, and in the forthcoming New Border Voices.

ire’ne and Dan Vera are the co-editors of IMANIMAN: Poets Writing on the Anzalduan Borderlands, an anthology of essays, poetry and hybrids of the two, published by Aunt Lute Books in 2017. ire’ne is currently working on a new collection of poetry, CUICACALI/House of Song,and her first novel, Naci.

She can be reached at irenelarasilva@gmail.com for reading invitations, scheduling workshops, or any other correspondence.


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