Nahuatl Translations in Asymptote

Appearing in the latest edition of the journal Asymptote are my English translations of two Nahuatl poems from the Aztec codex Songs of Mexico (Cantares mexicanos). You can read them, peruse the original Nahuatl text, and listen to me read one of them in that indigenous language here.  

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La Bloga Reviews GT2

Author and padrino of Latino spec-fic Ernest Hogan has reviewed A Kingdom Beneath the Waves (Garza Twins #2) for La Bloga. “A Kingdom Beneath the Waves is one of the most imaginative fantasies I’ve read in years,” Hogan declares. “Latinos of all varieties will find things to identify with, and…

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Border Folk

This poem was originally published in the fall 2015 edition of BorderSenses. Border Folk It was 1983. Saturdays, my dad would rouse me early, The dawn fumbling blind through the dense south Texas fog, And we’d drive across the bridge into Nuevo Progreso, The river roiling and rushing far below.…

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Preorder Garza Twins #2

IFWG Publishing is now accepting preorders for A Kingdom Beneath the Waves in both hardcover and ebook format. There is also a great deal on books 1 and 2 in hardcover, which can be ordered as a bundle for the low price of just $29.99!  

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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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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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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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A Cradlesong

The journal Metamorphoses published “A Cradlesong,” my translation of “Cōzolcuīcatl” (the 57th selection in the Aztec codex Songs of Mexico) in its spring 2015 edition. In the long sequence, a young Mexica girl envisions the fallen young king of Tenochtitlan, Ahuizotl, as a baby, youth and man, her musings running from motherly affection…

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Garza Twins Giveaway

If you have a Goodreads account, you can now enter for a chance to win a copy of A Kingdom Beneath the Waves, the upcoming sequel to the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Smoking Mirror. Goodreads Book Giveaway A Kingdom Beneath the Waves by David Bowles Giveaway ends April 02,…

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