Guest Column for Nightmare

In the latest issue of NIGHTMARE, I discuss the use of dark Latino folklore in the horror column “The H Word.” May 2017 (Issue 56)  

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Anti-Trump Nahuatl at The JMLR

As part of the linguistic resistance, my Anti-Trump Nahuatl glossary is now up at The Jewish Mexican Literary Review. http://www.thejmlr.com/nahuatltrump/  

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LOTE Character Profile #1: Dr. Elena Baz

LORDS OF THE EARTH Character Profile #1: DR. ELENA BAZ DRESCH Elena Baz is a disabled physicist who consults with the Mexican military when she isn’t hosting her wildly popular science show Muñecos Cósmicos (Cosmic Puppets). Well known for her tough, no-nonsense personality (considered cruel in some circles), she is…

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June 2016 Events

June has been an amazing month, and I still haven’t experienced the giddiness of the Purá Belpré Celebración this Sunday at the American Library Association Annual Conference! I had a lovely experience at both the Corpus Christi and McAllen Northcross Barnes & Noble during B-Fest. The bookstore chain was trying…

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AKBTW Playlists for Carol and Johnny

As I worked on A Kingdom Beneath the Waves, the second book of Garza Twins, I used music to help me get inside the heads of my two teen protagonists. Here are the playlists for each character:  

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Guest Blog Post Up

Cindy Rodríguez over at Latin@s in Kid Lit graciously invited me to write a blog post about the Garza Twins series, the Pura Belpré Honor Award, etc. That post is up today, and you can read it here.  

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La Bloga Profiles My Work

Just in time for my birthday, Rudy Ch. García over at La Bloga has posted a lovely overview of my work. Give it a read! A Chicano novelist and his literary works  

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Mesoamerican Day Signs

The post below is mainly intended for students reading my Garza Twins series, but the information may be useful for others as well. Most societies in pre-Columbian Mexico (Aztec, Maya, Mixtec, etc.) used a complex system to keep track of dates. Basically there were two overlapping calendars in this system: a 365-day…

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Visiting the Mayab

My family and I spent about a week in Yucatán and Quintana Roo, visiting Maya ruins and beaches (y devorando la increíble comida regional). I got in a ton of research for a book I’m planning, and I was able to continue learning Yucatec Maya. A wonderful time, often a…

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Story and Identity: Moving Beyond the Self

[The following is the full script of the TEDx talk I gave on October 6, 2015. I removed a couple of sections on-the-fly during the live event for better flow and to wrap up more quickly.] During my second year as a teacher of middle-school, I had a horribly difficult…

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