Upcoming Books

I’m very excited to confirm my next two books: Border Lore: Folktales and Legends of South Texas, coming from Lamar University Press this fall. A Score and Ten: Poetic Evolution, coming from Otras Voces Publishing late this year or early 2015.  

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Where to Watch TV Episode

As people have been asking where they can watch episode 8 of Monsters and Mysteries in America season two (in which my interview and story appear), here’s a rundown of sources in case you don’t catch it on Destination America or Animal Planet: Amazon iTunes YouTube WalMart Vudu  

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“Behold the Dark Green Sea” by Cao Cao

Cao Cao (155-220 C.E.) was a statesman, master of military affairs and a great poet. He became the Prime Minister of the Chinese kingdom of Wei in 209, in 214 was knighted the Duke of Wei, in 217 became the King of Wei and was conferred the title Emperor Wu…

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Poems Accepted by Interstice

Interstice, the literary journal of South Texas College, has accepted my poems “Beer Bottles” and “The Serpent in My Eye” for publication in the spring 2014 edition.  

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“Skulls in the Sage” by Cao Cao

Cao Cao (155-220 C.E.) was a statesman, master of military affairs and a great poet. He became the Prime Minister of the Chinese kingdom of Wei in 209, in 214 was knighted the Duke of Wei, in 217 became the King of Wei and was conferred the title Emperor Wu…

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Winner of TIL Translation Award

On April 5, 2014, the Texas Institute of Letters awarded my book Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry the Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation. I accepted the award at the TIL annual banquet after being presented with a check for $1000. I am grateful to everyone who…

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Creature Feature

Starting September 5, 2013, and running through Halloween, The Monitor printed a nine-part series entitled “Creature Feature.” Published each Thursday, this column featured my retellings of creepy tales of ghosts, ghouls and cucuys from deep South Texas, with illustrations by a variety of local artists. On December 10, 2013, an…

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Songs for Genji

This project is based on the first true novel ever composed, Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji). Written in the 11th century by a woman we know as Murasaki Shikibu, the novel follows the life of Genji, son of the Japanese emperor by one of his low-ranking concubines. -SG1-Shining Prince…

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Ramayana, Volume 2

Under construction. I have been fascinated for more than a decade by the Indian epic Ramayana, reading it in several translations and adaptations and pondering the lessons of the ancient poem.  Over the course of four years I crafted musical interpretations of scenes/themes in the text. Below you’ll find a…

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Poems Appearing in Huizache

I’m thrilled to announce that my poem “Keeping It Real” and my translation of the 16th Nahuatl song from the Aztec codex Songs of Mexico, “Where All Debts Are Paid,” have been accepted for publication in the journal Huizache.  

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