Book of Mexican Myths Coming 2017

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The book of Mexican mythology that I’ve been working on for the past three years will be published in the fall of next year by Cinco Puntos Press. I’m delighted to be working with such an awesome team!  

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“The Boo Hag”


My horror story “The Boo Hag” appears in the latest STUPEFYING STORIES. Pick it up and prepare to meet Dr. Crow, a bad-ass root worker with his own idea of justice.  

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Review in CLJ


A review of the The Smoking Mirror has appeared in Christian Library Journal Volume XX, No. 2. Their verdict? “With a large caste [sic] of gods and monsters, the book has invited comparison to Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series and will likely appeal to a similar audience.”  

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Work upcoming in Chachalaca Review


My retooling of a Mesoamerican myth, “The Challenge,” will be appearing in the upcoming edition of Chachalaca Review, a multicultural yearly journal published by the Mexican American Studies Program at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley.  

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Belpré Author Honor Acceptance Speech


REFORMA, ALSC and the American Library Association have released the text of this year’s Belpré winners’s acceptance speeches. Below you’ll find mine.  

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June 2016 Events

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June has been an amazing month, and I still haven’t experienced the giddiness of the Purá Belpré Celebración this Sunday at the American Library Association Annual Conference! I had a lovely experience at both the Corpus Christi and McAllen Northcross Barnes & Noble during B-Fest. The bookstore chain was trying…

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Piece in the Jewish Mexican Literary Review


My bilingual Nahuatl-English oddity “Nahuatl Nightmares” will appear in the first number of The Jewish Mexican Literary Review this summer. The piece playfully reviews thirty-one startling figures from Nahua (“Aztec”) lore, one for each day of October.  

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B-Fest Presentation Video


Here’s video of (most of) the author presentation I did on June 12, 2016 at Barnes & Noble Northcross as part of B-Fest (a national teen book festival). Big thanks to Kristi Callaway Rogers for filming the event!  

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Poem in Bearing the Mask


My poem “Potter at Chaco” will be appearing in the anthology Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, edited by Scott Wiggerman and Cindy Huyser, coming soon from Dos Gatos Press.  

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GHOSTS available for pre-order

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Ghosts of the Rio Grande Valley is now available for pre-order! Part of the Haunted America series from The History Press, my latest book features seventeen harrowing hauntings from deep South Texas, each accompanied by illustrations by José Meléndez and photographs by Alexis Tran. Here’s the description: Tradition meets tragedy…

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