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Ire'ne Lara Silva

Ire'ne Lara Silva

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ire'ne lara silva is a Chicana feminist poet and short story writer from Austin, Texas.

Early years

silva, who has adopted the convention of spelling her name all lowercase, grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Her parents were migrant farmworkers and she spent many years with her family moving "from South Texas to Mathis to Oklahoma to New Mexico to the Panhandle and back to South Texas."

Writing career

silva is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, two full-length books of poetry, and one short story collection. Her work has appeared in various journals including Acentos Review, Pilgrimage, and Yellow Medicine Review and various anthologies including Improbable Worlds: An Anthology of Texas and Louisiana Poets and The Weight of Addition: An Anthology of Texas Poetry.

Her most recent collection of poetry, blood sugar canto, was published by Saddle Road Press in January 2016. silva is the co-editor, with Dan Vera, of the forthcoming IMANIMAN: Poets Reflect on Transformative & Transgressive Borders Through Gloria Anzaldúa's Work, Aunt Lute Books (2016).

Awards and Prizes

Her first full-length collection of poetry furia received an honorable mention for the 2011 International Latino Book Award. Her short story collection flesh to bone won the 2013 Premio Aztlán Literary Prize, was a fiction finalist for A Room of Her Own Foundation's 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and was a finalist for Foreword Review's Book of the Year Award in Multicultural Fiction.

silva is the recipient of the 2014 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldúa Milagro Award. silva was a founding fellow of the CantoMundo Writers Conference.

From 2004 to 2008, silva was the Executive Coordinator of the prestigious Macondo Writers Workshop, the workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros. She was a co-director of the Flor De Nopal Literary Festival.



  • ani'mal, La Loba Press, (2001), reprinted Axoquentlatoa Press, (2010)
  • INDíGENA, La Loba Press, (2001), reprinted Axoquentlatoa Press, (2010)
  • furia, London: Mouthfeel Press, (2010)
  • Enduring Azucares, Little Rock: Sibling Rivalry Press, (2015)
  • blood sugar canto, Hilo: Saddle Road Press (2016)

Short stories

  • flesh to bone, San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, (2013)

As editor

  •  , with Dan Vera and an introduction by United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
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