Ire’ne Lara Silva, the 2023 Texas State Poet Laureate, is the author of four poetry collections, furia, Blood Sugar Canto, CUICACALLI/House of Song, and FirstPoems, two chapbooks, Enduring Azucares and Hibiscus Tacos, and a short story collection, flesh to bone, which won the Premio Aztlán. Ire’ne is the recipient of a 2021 Tasajillo Writers Grant, a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, the final Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, and was the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award. Most recently, ire’ne was awarded the 2021 Texas Institute of Letters Shrake Award for Best Short Nonfiction. ire’ne is currently a Writer at Large for Texas Highways Magazine and is working on a second collection of short stories titled, the light of your body. A new poetry collection, the eaters of flowers, is forthcoming from Saddle Road Press in January 2024. Her first comic book, Vendaval, will be released in April 2024 from Scout Comics/Chispa. Tour offerings include keynote addresses, readings of all her published work, including poetry, essays, and short stories, and various writing workshops of varying lengths open to writers of all skill levels and genres. Topics include Gritos as the Source of Our Voices, Writing the Difficult, Dismantling Doubt, Forget Discipline: Wanting Your Way Through Writing, Contemplating Mortality, and The Stories Our Bodies Tell.

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Contact name

Ire'ne Lara Silva

Contact address

Austin TX

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Public performance

$1500 – $3500

School performance

$1500 – $3500

Workshop fees

$1500 – $3500

Travel per diem lodging

$300 – $750




Special audiences

Festivals, Hands-on activities, Libraries, People with disabilities, Schools, Seniors

School audiences


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Larger, Medium, Smaller, Unplugged

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