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Fiction Writer, Poet
ire’ne lara silva lives in Austin, TX, and is the author of furia (poetry, Mouthfeel Press, 2010) which received an Honorable Mention for the 2011 International Latino Book Award and flesh to bone (short stories, Aunt Lute Books, 2013) which won the 2013 Premio Aztlan, placed 2nd for the 2014 NACCS Tejas Foco Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for Foreward Review’s Book of the Year Award in Multicultural Fiction. Saddle Road Press will be publishing her second collection of poetry, Blood Sugar Canto, in January 2016. ire’ne is the recipient of the 2014 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award, as well as a Macondo Workshop member and CantoMundo Inaugural Fellow. She and Moises S. L. Lara are currently co-coordinators for the Flor De Nopal Literary Festival.
Christopher Stephen Soden is a native Texan. Christopher received his MFA in Writing (Poetry) from Vermont College in January of 2005. He has taught classes and guest lectured on the subjects of craft, theory, genre, literature and publication. He is a writer, teacher, critic, lecturer and performer. He currently writes theatre critique for Examiner.com, PegasusNews.com, John Garcia's The Column and A + C DFW. He has written poetry, plays, performance pieces, literary, film and theatre critique. His honors include: publication of his collection : CLOSER by QueerMojo in June 2011, Full Fellowship for Lambda Literary Retreat: Emerging LGBT Voices August 2010. Distinguished Poets of Dallas, Poetry Society of America's Poetry in Motion Series, Founding Member, President and President Emeritus of The Dallas Poets Community. His work has appeared in : The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, Between, A Face to Meet the Faces, Resilience, The Q Review, Polari Journal, Reckless Writing, Assaracus, Poetic Voices Without Boundaries 2, Ganymede, Ganymede Poets : One, Gay City 2, The Café Review, The Texas Observer, Sentence, Borderlands, Off the Rocks, The James White Review, The New Writer, Velvet Mafia, Poetry Super Highway, Gertrude, Touch of Eros, Gents, Bad Boys and Barbarians, Windy City Times, ArLiJo, Best Texas Writing 2, Espejo, The Chiron Review, Venue, Sojourn, The Great Lawn, Amoeba.