Rumi—Ruba’i 6

Rumi is the name by which we remember Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, known also as Molavi or Molānā (“Master”). He was a 13th-century Persian poet and mystic of the Sufi tradition. His ecstatic poems about love and union with God have been widely translated. Below is one of his hundreds…

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Rumi—Ruba’i 1441

Rumi is the name by which we remember Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, known also as Molavi or Molānā (“Master”). He was a 13th-century Persian poet and mystic of the Sufi tradition. His ecstatic poems about love and union with God have been widely translated. Below is one of his hundreds…

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Rumi—Ruba’i 14

Rumi is the name by which we remember Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, known also as Molavi or Molānā (“Master”). He was a 13th-century Persian poet and mystic of the Sufi tradition. His ecstatic poems about love and union with God have been widely translated. Below is one of his hundreds…

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Appearing on Monsters and Mysteries in America

I will be appearing in this Friday’s episode of Monsters and Mysteries in America, which features tales of flying humanoids. Be sure to tune in to check out my commentary and the recreation of my Creature Feature tale “The Big Bird,” a spine-tingling Valley legend from 1976. The program airs…

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Review of Flower, Song, Dance in Pleiades

I’m pleased and honored that the latest edition of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing features a review of Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry.  Click on the links below for scans of the journal. Part 1 of the review Part 2 of the review      

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“Abandoned Anniversary” Accepted for Publication

My poem “Abandoned Anniversary” will be appearing in the February 2014 edition of Red River Review.  

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Along the River III Published January 20

The third volume in the Along the River series will be out January 20. Subtitled Dark Voices from the Rio Grande, the book features the writing of established authors like screenwriter Álvaro Rodríguez as well as amazing up-and-coming artists from south Texas. Artwork by José Meléndez, edited by yours truly. ¡Cómprenlo!  

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TOP SHELF Reviews from 2013

Twelve Best of the US (retrospective on greatest American novels) July 25, 2013: Blood Meridian August 1, 2013: Beloved August 8, 2013: The House on Mango Street August 15, 2013: Bless Me, Ultima August 23, 2013: The Left Hand of Darkness August 30, 2013: To Kill a Mockingbird September 5, 2013: Invisible Man September 12, 2013: The Grapes of…

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2013 Appearances

2013 Appearances January 5—Pasta, Poetry & Vino (reading). Mama Mia Pizzeria, McAllen, Texas. 7 pm to 10 pm. January 11—Pasta, Poetry & Vino (reading with Texas Poet Laureate Jan Seale). Lola’s, Brownsville, Texas. 7 pm to 10 pm. January 13—Corazón Bilingüe interview aired on KMBH (local public radio channel 88.1…

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Poetry forthcoming in Concho River Review

My poem “Puhabitu” has been accepted for publication in Concho River Review.  

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