ire’ne lara silva wins award for flesh to bone

ire’ne lara silva’s first collection of short stories, flesh to bone, has been awarded second place in fiction for the 2014 Tejas Foco Fiction Awards!

The NACCS Tejas Foco Fiction Awards “recognize outstanding work of fiction or young adult fiction that best represents a significant topic related to the Mexican American experience in Texas.” Winners will receive their awards at the annual NACCS Regional Tejas Foco Conference in San Antonio, Texas. silva will attend the conference as a panelist for the discussion titled “Feminist Wars on Bitch, Puta, and Cunt: Debunking the Derogatory Terms in Literary and Social Contexts.”

flesh to bone has received glowing reviews since its release. The San Antonio Express declared that, “[t]he nine stories [in flesh to bone] stand on their own as testaments to a profound loneliness of historic persecution, abandonment, an intimate loss. As such, they aren’t stories, but longings, very old and contemporary in a tricultural wordplay, psalm-like, a Song of Songs of grief. The pages will scorch your hands.”

Congratulations, ire’ne!

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