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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Pushcart Prize Nomination

I was delighted to discover that my poem “Making a Man” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Red River Review.  

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Presentation at the Museum of South Texas History

Tomorrow, October 6, 2013, I’ll be presenting at the Museum of South Texas History from 2 pm to 4 pm. Here’s the official press release: Pre-Colombian Mexican Poetry Translated In Dr. Bowles’s Latest Book Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry Author returns to Sunday Speaker Series program at 2…

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Creature Feature: Damnation at Toluca Ranch

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 “Damnation at Toluca Ranch,” illustrated by Carlos Ortega-Haas (ink) and Charlene Bowles (color). Damnation Page 1 Damnation…

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Translated Poem in Eye to the Telescope

My translation from Spanish of the poem “Ambrosia” by Alejandro Cabada Fernández is featured in the latest edition of Eye to the Telescope, the on-line journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.  

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