Lord Tlacuache Brings Fire to Man

Lord Tlacuache Brings Fire to Man from Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Rio Grande Valley Lord Tlacuache, the Great Opossum, ruled this land in ages past, when animals still spoke and mankind had not yet usurped the earth.  He was a kindly king who governed by…

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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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