Ramayana, Volume 1

I have been fascinated for more than a decade by the Indian epic Ramayana, reading it in several translations and adaptations and pondering the lessons of the ancient poem.  Over the course of four years I crafted musical interpretations of scenes/themes in the text. The first twelve of these comprise…

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Iron Horse, Mythic Horn

Iron Horse, Mythic Horn from The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge They was all four of them sitting in a cantina in Lordsburg when I found them, the queerest group of heroes you ever seen: a white man, in his forties, wearing a battered old slouch hat pulled low…

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The Black Dog

The Black Dog from The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge The first time Charlie López saw the black dog was also his first day in the white kids’ second-grade class. But its seemingly supernatural form was just another in a string of amazing occurrences in the town of Driscoll…

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September 2012 Retrospective

Wow, the month of September was pretty busy for me. On September 16, I presented at the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, discussing the role of culture and history in Mexican-American identity and tying Mexican Bestiary in to Mexico’s Independence Day celebrations. Awesome conversation with a receptive audience.…

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Top Shelf #26: Unique Voices Explore the Margins

My latest column (originally published in yesterday’s print edition) is up at The Monitor’s website. I review Brian Allen Carr’s Vampire Conditions and Javier O. Huerta’s American Copia.  

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Post-apocalyptic, Magical Africa

My latest Top Shelf review is up at The Monitor’s website. I take a look at Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death.  

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Stories That Must Not Die Series

Starting October 1, 2012, National Education Services will be re-releasing the seminal collection Stories That Must Not Die as individual, newly illustrated tales featuring the artwork of some really fantastic Texas authors. I am working as series editor, designing the interior and covers to reflect the spirit of the original…

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Video of Bestiary Presentation

Here are a few snippets of my presentation on Sunday, September 16, 2012, at the Museum of South Texas History, courtesy of Irma Guadarrama.  

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Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Rio Grande Valley

On May 18, 2011, VAO Publishing released Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Río Grande Valley. I served as editor of the volume, which features poetry and prose by a host of local talent, including the short story “The Time About the Dog” by Álvaro Rodríguez, co-screenwriter of the…

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Presentation at the Museum of South Texas History

This Saturday, September 16, 2012, at 2:00 PM, I’ll be at the Museum of South Texas History (located at 200 N. Closner Blvd., Edinburg, TX). Noé Vela and I will give background on our newest book Mexican Bestiary, tying it in to Mexican Independence Day. I’ll be reading from our bilingual illustrated encyclopedia…

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