Loving, Grieving & Surviving: Poetry of Community & Mental Health

Loving, Grieving, & Surviving:
Chicanas Reading the Poetry of Community & Mental Health

October 4, 2019 @ 7pm
5501 N. Lamar Blvd, ATX 78751

Featuring: Jen Yañez-Alaniz · Carmen Tafolla · Jen Mendoza
ire’ne lara silva · Ilza Garcia

Jen Yáñez-Alaniz is an educator who promotes learning and social development through community activism. She has worked with immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and survivors of human trafficking. Some of her current projects include outreach and education for homebound refugee women, Latinx Leadership collaboratives in sustainable diversity and inclusion opportunities, and organizing for sustainable access to affordable healthy foods and healthy living for underserved communities. She will read from her collection-in-progress “Eulogy for my Brother.”

Carmen Tafolla is the author of more than 30 books, including This River Here, The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans, and her latest poetry collection Carmen Tafolla: New & Selected Works (TCU Poet Laureate Series.) Currently President of the Texas Institute of Letters, she is a Professor Emerita at UTSA, State Poet Laureate of Texas 2015 and was the First Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio. Recipient of the Américas Award, five International Latino Book Awards, the Art of Peace Award and many other distinctions, she has been recognized for work which “gives voice to the peoples and cultures of this land.”

Jen Mendoza is a starving artist living in ATX. She writes songs, poetry, and prose. She is a novice clay worker, jewelry maker and bodhisattva. Her work has appeared nowhere but her private Facebook since she tends to run from the adult world of corporate commodification. Ie. she is eternally broke.

ire’ne lara silva is the author of three poetry collections, furia (Mouthfeel Press, 2010) Blood Sugar Canto (Saddle Road Press, 2016), and CUICACALLI/House of Song (Saddle Road Press, 2019), 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 of Imaniman: 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 her first novel, Naci.
Website: irenelarasilva.wordpress.com

Ilza García is a fiction writer, artist and educator from Austin. She tells the stories of resilient women, advocates for the creative freedom of children, and obsesses over the colors of sunrise and sunset.
Event date: 
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
5501 North Lamar #A-105
Austin, TX 78751