Mexican Bestiary

On June 30, 2012, VAO Publishing released Mexican Bestiary | Bestiario Mexicano, an illustrated encyclopedia of legendary creatures from Mexico that will delight both young and old. Featuring fabulous art Noé Vela, this volume serves as an introduction to the mythology of a great people as well as a tool…

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TOP SHELF: Twenty-one Vignettes of Vulnerability

(Originally appeared in the August 30, 2012, edition of The Monitor.) McAllen native Jan Seale is most widely recognized for her verse—incisive, heartfelt, and often humorous pieces that led to her being selected Texas Poet Laureate for 2012.  However, she is also the author of several volumes of short fiction,…

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TOP SHELF: Culturally Relevant Poetry

(Originally published in the April 12, 2012, edition of The Monitor.) April is National Poetry Month, and there is no better time to discuss a few volumes with particular value to readers in the RGV. McAllen native Jan Seale is now the 2012 Texas Poet Laureate, and her 2005 collection…

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