Ire’ne Lara Silva is the 2023 Texas State Poet Laureate. She is the author of five poetry collections: furia, Blood Sugar Canto, CUICACALLI/House of Song, FirstPoems, and the eaters of flowers; two chapbooks: Enduring Azucares and Hibiscus Tacos; and a short story collection, flesh to bone,which won the Premio Aztlán.


Ire’ne has received a 2021 Tasajillo Writers Grant, a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, and the final Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award; and was the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award. Most recently, she was awarded the 2021 Texas Institute of Letters Shrake Award for Best Short Nonfiction. She is currently a Writer at Large for Texas Highways Magazine. Her first comic book, VENDAVAL, will be released by the Chispa Imprint of Scout Comics in July 2024.


You can find her at her own site.

ire'ne lara silva

blood sugar canto

Cuicacalli / House of Song

the eaters of flowers