Online Classical Nahuatl Class

I’m launching my first on-line Classical Nahuatl course on August 15 (the class will be offered again in September and then again every other month). If that sounds at all interesting, here’s a basic overview of how the class will work. Basic Classical Nahuatl 101 is a thirteen-module, self-paced course…

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KIRKUS review GÜERO

Kirkus has released their review of They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems online. Here’s a sample of what they say: “In this slim verse novel, Bowles splendidly translates border life via loosely connected vignettes in an eclectic mix of poetic forms. Güero’s voice brims with humor, wit, and bits of…

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SLJ Starred Review for FSDHS

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico has received a starred review from School Library Journal! Thanks to the ancestors whose voices I tried to echo with my mestizo tongue. Tlazohcāmati, in antonānhuān in antotahhuān.  

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GÜERO Cover Reveal

Say hola to my middle-grade poetry book They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems, featuring the amazing art and lettering of Zeke Peña, the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Non-fiction Winner for Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (along with author Isabel Quintero). Tomorrow I’ll reveal the wrap-around. Big shout-out…

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FEATHERED SERPENT Published!

Mexican myth in the house! Today is the official publication day of FEATHERED SERPENT, DARK HEART OF SKY! PRAISE FOR THE BOOK “Bowles’ dense yet lyrical prose raises the narrative to a level suited to high mythological tradition and illuminates the foundations on which contemporary Mexican culture is laid.” —Kirkus…

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Featured at Colorín Colorado

A great way to start Children’s Book Week is reading this wonderful blog post by Janet Wong up at Colorín Colorado, which features poetry by Pat Mora, Francisco X. Alarcón, and yours truly! Fantastic ideas for helping teachers “honor the many voices in our students’ lives.” http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/hearing-our-voices-honoring-our-selves  

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Schedule for TLA and SABF

Here is my schedule for the Texas Library Association conference and the San Antonio Book Festival this week, for those attending and interested. Wednesday, April 4 Public reading at 6:30 pm at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. Thursday, April 5 (Texas Library Association conference in Dallas)…

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Kirkus Starred Review for FEATHERED SERPENT

Kirkus has given a starred review to my newest book, Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico. Bowles’ dense yet lyrical prose raises the narrative to a level suited to high mythological tradition and illuminates the foundations on which contemporary Mexican culture is laid. Read what else they have…

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In Memory of Tlatelolco

Rosario Castellanos was an influential Mexican poet. She wrote this piece after the government massacre of students and other protesters in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco section of Mexico City. The piece made its way into Elena Poniatowska’s book on the massacre. The third stanza was…

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San Antonio Book Festival

This April I’ll be one of many featured authors at the San Antonio Book Festival, alongside Sandra Cisneros, Benjamín Alire Sáenz, Jorge Ramos, Carmen María Machado, Diana López, and others! Learn more by browsing the line-up on their page.  

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