SHORT AND SWEET BIO
A product of a Mexican-American family, I have lived most of my life in deep South Texas, where I teach at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. Recipient of awards from the American Library Association, Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, I have written several books, most significantly the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Smoking Mirror.
Additionally, my work has been published in venues including Rattle, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Metamorphoses, Translation Review, Concho River Review, Huizache, Journal of Children’s Literature, Asymptote, Eye to the Telescope and Newfound.
Hi, I’m David Bowles. Here’s a little background: I was raised in a family with deep Mexican-American and Southern roots, and the mingling of those cultural traditions definitely shaped me. A few elements of my childhood seem key to my present work: the stories I heard at the knee of my grandmother, Marie Garza; the fact that my mother taught me to read when I was four; and the tutoring in biblical Greek and Hebrew I got in 5th grade.
Both my parents are from McAllen, Texas, but my dad was in the navy, so I spent my childhood in both South Carolina and the Río Grande Valley of south Texas, where I presently live with my wife and children. It was here that I attended high school while living in Section 8 housing and then went on to get my bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate at the University of Texas Pan American. I’ve dedicated more than twenty years to education, both as a public school teacher, administrator and university professor. But my alter ego, if you will, is as a writer, translator, poet and critic.
My career as an author effectively began in April of 2011, when Absey & Co. published The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge, a collection of short stories. In 2012, I teamed up with painter Noé Vela to craft Mexican Bestiary, an illustrated bilingual encyclopedia of legendary creatures. In 2013, Lamar University Press published Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry, which went on to win the 2014 Souerette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation from the Texas Institute of Letters, and AIM Media Texas released an ebook of mine titled Creature Feature: 13 Frightening Folktales of the Río Grande Valley. On June 20, 2014, Ink Brush Press published my first book of original poetry, Shattering and Bricolage. In March of 2015, IFWG Publishing released The Smoking Mirror, the first book in my YA fantasy series Garza Twins, which was selected as a Pura Belpré Honor Book by the American Library Association. In June of 2015, Lamar University Press published Border Lore: Folktales and Legends of South Texas. Garza Twins 2, A Kingdom Beneath the Waves, dropped in April of 2016. September of 2016 saw the release by The History Press of Ghosts of the Río Grande Valley, and in October of 2016, Severed Press published my Mexican kaiju novel Lords of the Earth. 2017 has kicked off with the release of my short story collection Chupacabra Vengeance.
Additionally, I’ve had work published in various periodicals, including Translation Review, Rattle, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Metamorphoses, Huizache, Stupefying Stories, Asymptote, Concho River Review, The Thing Itself, Interstice, James Gunn’s Ad Astra, Eye to the Telescope, BorderSenses, Illya’s Honey, SQ Mag, the 2015 Texas Poetry Calendar, the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas and Red River Review. Among my editing credits are the Along the River anthology series, the re-illustrated Stories That Must Not Die reprint series, Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings and the magazines Flashquake and La Noria Literary Journal. My book review column Top Shelf appears each Friday in The Monitor, a regional newspaper. The Texas Associated Press recognized the journalistic excellence of that column with an award in March of 2015.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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