Ire’ne Lara Silva, Lisa Marie Estus, & Liz Belile

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This week Dillon McKinsey talks with three Austin writers representing the AROHO organization for women writers: Ire’ne Lara Silva, Lisa Marie Estus, and Liz Belile.

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Ire’ne Lara Silva is a writer and teacher of writers. She has lived in Austin, TX since 1998. In that time, she has participated in many readings, coordinated writing workshops and literary festivals, edited a few literary magazines, and participated/coordinated in events with Red Salmon Arts/Resistencia Bookstore, Austin Hispanic Writers, and the Lunada Poetry Series, among others. Ire’ne is the author of two chapbooks: ani’mal and INDíGENA. Her first collection of poetry, furia, was published by Mouthfeel Press in October 2010 and received an Honorable Mention for the 2011 International Latino Book Award in Poetry. Ire’ne and Rain C. Gomez are currently co-editing an anthology titled, Chronically RED: Indigenous Bodies Writing and Resisting Chronic Illness in the Age of Paracolonial Occupation.

Lisa Marie Estus is the producer for the second biennial AROHO Day Conference for Women Writers. She is a fiction writer and poet whose work has been published in Rain City Review, Reed Magazine and other literary journals. She is the recipient of James D. Phelan Awards—in 1993 and again in 1994—for her short stories, poetry and critical essays. Ms. Estus holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from San Jose State University and attended graduate classes in English and creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin. She was born and raised in Chicago, Ill., came of age in the Bay Area of San Francisco, and is proud to have lived in Austin, Texas for over 14 years.

Liz Belile is a writer, performer, mother and yoga teacher. She is the author of the poetry and prose collection Polishing the Bayonet, but may be best known as contributor and editor of the anthology Gynomite: Fearless, Feminist Porn, and as creator and producer of a spoken word series and coproducer of a CD recording by the same name. Liz has practiced hatha yoga since 1991 and taught it since 1999. She leads erotica writing and spoken word workshops, and teaches “yoga for fertility” classes for women.