Belpré Author Honor Acceptance Speech

REFORMA, ALSC and the American Library Association have released the text of this year’s Belpré winners’s acceptance speeches. Below you’ll find mine.  

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Texas Institute of Letters Nomination

I received an email today from the Texas Institute of Letters notifying me that my YA novel The Smoking Mirror has been selected as a finalist for their H-E-B Award for Best Young Adult Book. The award winner will be publicly announced at the 2016 Awards Banquet in Austin on Saturday, April 16.…

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Essay nominated for Cimmerian Award

Pleased to learn that my essay “Toltec Traces in ‘Thunder-Rider’” (published in On An Underwood No. 5 ) has been nominated for the Robert E. Howard Foundation’s Cimmerian Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Online Essay. Thanks to Todd Vick (who himself racked up FIVE nominations, wow) for putting the…

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The Smoking Mirror selected Belpré Honor Book

The American Library Association announced this morning that my YA novel The Smoking Mirror is a Pura Belpré Honor Book! The Belpré recipients are selected by a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, and the National Association to Promote Library…

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“Ancient Hunger” wins Kraken

My story “Ancient Hunger, Silent Wings” won one of Devilfish Review’s Kraken Awards: third place in fiction. The piece, a fantasy set in 19th-century New Mexico, appears in their Kraken Award issue.  

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TAPME Award for Comment and Criticism

Each year, the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors joins with the Headliners Foundation of Texas to recognize outstanding journalism as practiced by the state’s daily newspapers. Through this partnership, the Texas APME’s annual contest is complemented by a group of honors known as the Texas APME Headliners Excellence in Journalism…

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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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Finalist for Translation Award

I am excited to announce that the Texas Institute of Letters has selected my book Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry as a finalist for the Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation. On April 5, at the TIL annual banquet, the institute will announce the winner and present…

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