David Bowles is a Mexican-American author and translator from south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. He has written several award-winning titles, most notably The Smoking Mirror and They Call Me Güero.

His work has also been published in multiple anthologies, plus venues such as The New York Times, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, School Library Journal, Rattle, Translation Review, and the Journal of Children’s Literature.

Additionally, David has worked on several TV/film projects, including Victor and Valentino (Cartoon Network), the Moctezuma & Cortés miniseries (Amazon/Amblin) and Monsters and Mysteries in America (Discovery).

In 2017, David was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. He now serves on its governing council. In 2019, he co-founded the hashtag and activist movement #DignidadLiteraria, which has negotiated greater Latinx representation in publishing.

David’s literary representation is Taylor Martindale Kean and Stefanie Von Borstel of Full Circle Literary. His Hollywood representation is Sandra Ávila of Inclusion Management. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @DavidOBowles 

You can contact me at bowlesdo@gmail.com

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  1. David–what a fabulous review! You nailed all the important aspects of the book. Thank you for your deep reading and thoughtful analysis.
    Sarah Cortez
    P.S. If you’ll be at the Texas Book Festival this weekend in Austin, please stop by the panel that features WALKING HOME as one of three books about Latino suenos. Sat. 1:30 p.m. Capital Extension Room E2.026. Book Signing in Book Signing Tent at 2:45 p.m. I’d love to see you again!

    • Sarah, thanks! My only regret was that the word “chapel” was left out after “Houston” (I suppose people will fill that in on their own, heh). I’m glad you liked the review; I certainly loved reading your work!

      I actually won’t be in Austin this year, but I’m sure we’ll see each other soon at some event or another. I will at the very least be up in Houston in April…you guys can recommend another great restaurant to me!

      Un abrazote…

  2. Dr. Bowles: Read the article about your publications, so I contacted Amy at the Monitor to get your e-mail address. I’m currently writing a book on memoirs, and since this is my first writings, I need someone to edit and suggest improvements. Please let me know your fees. I really need someone like yourself. My story begins in 1958 as a five year old migrating with family to the state of Colorado. Please contact me. Thank you.

  3. Emma, why don’t you shoot me an e-mail at bowlesdo@gmail.com ? Thanks!

  4. Thank you for visiting our school! Besteiro Middle School.

  5. You bet, Samuel! It was awesome.

  6. Hello Dr. David Bowles; it’s Zoe from the conference yesterday.

  7. Good evening David. its Zoe again, forgive me for contacting you on such short notice. But i’d was wondering if perhaps you could give me a bit of feedback on my novel. Its going to be my first time publishing, and I would be honored to have someone with years of experience read it. I’m currently in the last stage of editing, and just finishing up the last chapters but i’m still a bit unaware of how i’m going to lay out the actual book in physical pages. Do you think you could give me a few tips and suggestions whilst reading my novel?

  8. Good Morning,

    Harlingen CISD would like to invite you to present/speak to our 9th grade students in Early College High School. Would you be available any Monday in February from 8 AM to 10 AM?

    I’m looking forward to hearing back from you. Thank you, Mireya Galvan, Coordinator of Library Services for Harlingen CISD

  9. Was your grandpa David Bowles from Falfurrias Texas?

  10. Dr. Lenore Daniels

    Dear David

    I just read your article at the NYT regarding that book–“American Dirt.”

    Please, would you consider writing an article for the Black Commentator? We publish weekly (since 2002). I’m an editorial board member and columnist with the BC since 2006.

    But I’m also an older black woman, activist, writer, PhD in Modern American Lit/Cultural Theory (race, gender, class). Retired from the classroom, I still write.

    I have been arguing this issue of whites representing us in the classroom and now in publishing for years!!

    You know how significant this issue is for our future generations. We can’t have our experiences and history disappear behind this capitalist crap.

    I tried to reach Myriam Gurba last week after she appeared on Democracy Now!. But couldn’t reach her.

    Consider writing an article. Contact me: 262 764 6547 or at the Black Commentator. Also the publisher is Peter Gamble.


    I hope this reaches you!

    Keep fighting.

    Lenore Daniels

  11. i like your book

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