The Smoking Mirror selected Belpré Honor Book

The American Library Association announced this morning that my YA novel The Smoking Mirror is a Pura Belpré Honor Book!

The Belpré recipients are selected by a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking (REFORMA). The award recognizes writing that “best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.” In announcing the award on the ALA website, the committee said of The Smoking Mirror, “Bowles creates an action-packed story based on Aztec and Mayan mythology while capturing the realities of life in contemporary South Texas and Mexico.”

This is a tremendous honor, but it is certainly not something I achieved on my own.
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Poem in Bearing the Mask

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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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Review of GT1 up at Rich in Color

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There’s a great review of my book THE SMOKING MIRROR up at one of my favorite blogs, Rich in Color. Give it a read! Review: The Smoking Mirror  

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Poem in Imaniman anthology

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My poem “Braided Soul” will appear in IMANIMAN: Poets Reflect on Transformative & Transgressive Borders Through Gloria Anzaldúa’s Work, edited by Ire’ne Lara Silva and Dan Vera, coming November 2016 from Aunt Lute Books.  

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Review in the San Antonio Express News

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In the April 24, 2016 edition of the San Antonio Express News, there is a fantastic review of The Smoking Mirror, penned by the redoubtable Bryce Milligan. Click here to give it a read! Alternatively, you can download a PDF here.  

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Interviewed by Castle of Horror

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On Tuesday, April 19, I was interviewed by Jason Henderson of the Castle of Horror podcast concerning my latest book, A Kingdom Beneath the Waves, and other looming projects. Listen in by visiting the Stitcher page or clicking the embed below.  

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A Kingdom Beneath the Waves now available

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On April 19th, Garza Twins #2 officially hit shelves. Be sure to pick up a hardcover or ebook from your preferred purveyor of literature!  

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Nahuatl Translations in Asymptote

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Appearing in the latest edition of the journal Asymptote are my English translations of two Nahuatl poems from the Aztec codex Songs of Mexico (Cantares mexicanos). You can read them, peruse the original Nahuatl text, and listen to me read one of them in that indigenous language here.  

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La Bloga Reviews GT2

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Author and padrino of Latino spec-fic Ernest Hogan has reviewed A Kingdom Beneath the Waves (Garza Twins #2) for La Bloga. “A Kingdom Beneath the Waves is one of the most imaginative fantasies I’ve read in years,” Hogan declares. “Latinos of all varieties will find things to identify with, and…

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Border Folk

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This poem was originally published in the fall 2015 edition of BorderSenses. Border Folk It was 1983. Saturdays, my dad would rouse me early, The dawn fumbling blind through the dense south Texas fog, And we’d drive across the bridge into Nuevo Progreso, The river roiling and rushing far below.…

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