Creature Feature: 13 Frightening Folktales

On December 10th, AIM Media Texas released Creature Feature: 13 Frightening Folktales of the Río Grande Valley. This eBook collects the nine stories published in The Monitor this past September and October, plus an additional four tales I crafted especially for the volume. Featuring a baker’s dozen of fantastic illustrations from several amazing…

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Bare

This EP consists of six songs that I have crafted over the past few years since finishing Malpaís. Five are earnest and raw; the last is a tongue-in-cheek satire. You can click on the songs below to listen to them individually, or click here to download the entire EP as a zipped…

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Badlands

This five-song EP, originally titled Más Malpaís, consists of songs that didn’t quite make the cut for my third album. You can click on the songs below to listen to them individually, or click here to download the entire EP as a zipped file. B1-Diamonds B2-Slip Your Skin B3-Fate Is Spinning B4-Revenant…

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Malpaís

In 2011 I released my third album, a mix of pop, alternative and electronica sprinkled lightly with Latin spice. Thematically darker and more focused on relationships, Malpaís explores the many badlands of the heart. You can listen to a given song below, or you can click here to download the…

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Top Shelf: Unbelievably Fantastic Saga

In the early 1970s, Stephen R. Donaldson dropped out of a Ph.D. program and dedicated himself to writing. Energized by the additional time and focus, he crafted a bold, 250,000-word fantasy novel, his modern response to Tolkien. Over the next four years, however, as he rewrote the book and penned…

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Top Shelf: 2014 Texas Lone Star Reading List

In 1990, inspired by the success that its Bluebonnet list had in suggesting great recreational reading titles for upper elementary students, the Texas Library Association published a pilot list for middle schools. This Lone Star Reading List was hailed as a fantastic idea, and beginning in 1992, a standing committee…

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The Song of Moquihuitzin

The Song of Moquihuitzin I craft all these songs Though even I, Moquihuitzin, Arrived in this world to suffer. I ponder the fleshly ecstasies All the empty bliss— Will we see it end? I wander far and wide, Howling my grief at the yawning sky. Yonder where the flowers blossom…

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Poems Accepted by Illya’s Honey

My poems “Crockpot” and “Valley Haiku” have been accepted by the journal Illya’s Honey for publication in the winter 2014 edition.  

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Keynote Speaker at Día de los Muertos Festival

I am proud to have been asked to speak at Edinburg’s annual celebration of Día de los Muertos. Here are the details, ripped right from the Museum of South Texas History’s website. MoSTHistory invites the community to celebrate Día de los Muertos from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 2, included in…

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Creature Feature: Los Duendes

Through Halloween, The Monitor is running a nine-part series of mine featuring illustrations by various artists. Called Creature Feature, the column consists of retellings of local legends about strange beings. This week’s story was “Los Duendes,” illustrated by Bianca Ríos. “Los Duendes,” page 1 “Los Duendes,” page 2  

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