David Bowles (author)
David Bowles (born 1970) is an American poet, translator and author.
Bowles at the 2018 Texas Book Festival
|Born||David Oscar Bowles, Jr.|
February 27, 1970
Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States
|Occupation||Poet, novelist, translator|
|Notable works||The Smoking Mirror |
Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry
|Notable awards||Pura Belpré Author Honor; Texas Institute of Letters Translation Award; Walter Dean Myers Honor; Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry; Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award|
Life and careerEdit
David Bowles was born to residents of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas in 1970. Raised in an ethnically diverse family with Mexican-American roots,  he was hooked on folktales at an early age by his grandmother Marie Garza, the family storyteller.
Bowles' research into border legends has been featured on Monsters and Mysteries in America. He is currently developing a TV series based on his book Border Lore with Mucho Más Media and Campanario Entertainment.
In addition to folklore, Bowles has translated poetry from Nahuatl, Yucatec Mayan, Spanish and Japanese. His original poetry has been featured in Concho River Review, Journal of Children's Literature, BorderSenses and Huizache, among other venues.
Bowles also writes speculative fiction. He has had stories published in Strange Horizons and Apex Magazine and is currently writing a YA fantasy series called Garza Twins that features Latino protagonists and Mesoamerican mythology. He worked with Adam Gidwitz on the Unicorn Rescue Society series for Dutton Penguin. He and illustrator Raúl "the Third" González sold their steampunk graphic novel Clockwork Curandera to Tu Books.
Bowles resides in Donna, Texas. Holding a Master's in English and a doctorate in Education, he is a professor in the Department of Literatures & Cultural Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he teaches children's/adolescent literature and Nahuatl. 
Awards and honorsEdit
- Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry: awarded the Texas Institute of Letters' 2014 Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation.
- TOP SHELF Book Review Column: received a 2014 Texas Associated Press Managing Editors' Headliners Excellence in Journalism Award for Comment and Criticism.
- The Smoking Mirror was selected as a Pura Belpré Honor Book in 2016 by the American Library Association.
- Inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2017.
- They Call Me Güero has received multiple accolades:
- Selected Best Book of 2018 by the School Library Journal
- Selected a 2019 Notable Verse Novel by the NCTE Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry Committee
- Named one of the 2018 Best Children's & Teen Books of the Year by Shelf Awareness.
- 2019 Honor Book for the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children's Literature in the Younger Reader category.
- 2019 Pura Belpré Honor Book
- 2019 Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry
- Association for Library Service to Children Notable Children's Book, 2019
- 2019 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award
- Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky was selected a Best YA Book of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews and was a YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction.
- Clockwork Curandera. Illustrated by Raúl the Third. New York, NY: Tu Books, 2020. (Forthcoming.)
- The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande (The Unicorn Rescue Society, #4). Co-authored by Adam Gidwitz. Illustrated by Hatem Aly. New York: Dutton Penguin, 2019.
- The Hidden City. (Garza Twins #3). Melbourne: IFWG Publishing, 2018.
- Chupacabra Vengeance. Tigard, Oregon: Broken River Books, 2017.
- Lords of the Earth. Hobart, Australia: Severed Press, 2016.
- A Kingdom Beneath the Waves (Garza Twins #2). Melbourne: IFWG Publishing, 2016.
- The Smoking Mirror (Garza Twins #1). Melbourne: IFWG Publishing, 2015.
- Strange Texas Tales That Never Die (Volumes 1-4). Killeen, TX: Overlooked Books, 2014.
- The Seed: Stories from the River's Edge. Spring, TX: Absey & Co., 2011.
Myth and Legend
- Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico. El Paso, Texas: Cinco Puntos Press, 2018.
- Ghosts of the Rio Grande Valley. Charleston: The History Press, 2016.
- Border Lore: Folktales and Legends of South Texas. Beaumont, TX: Lamar University Press, 2015.
- Creature Feature: 13 Frightening Folktales of the Rio Grande Valley. McAllen, TX: AIM Media Texas, 2013.
- Mexican Bestiary. Donna, TX: VAO Publishing, 2012.
- They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press, 2018.
- Shattering and Bricolage. Dallas, TX: Ink Brush Press, 2014.
- Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation. Special Edition for Camino Del Sol Series. Nahuatl translation of the original text by Francisco X. Alarcón. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press. March 12, 2019.
- El verano de las mariposas. Translation of Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe García McCall. New York, NY: Tu Books, 2018.
- Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry. Beaumont, TX: Lamar University Press, 2013.
- Along the River (Volumes 1-3). Series editor. Donna, TX: VAO Publishing, 2011-2014.
- Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings. Donna, TX: VAO Publishing, 2012.
- Stories That Must Not Die. Series editor. San Antonio: National Educational Systems, 2012-2013.
- Here We Go: A Poetry Friday Power Book. Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, editors. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books, 2017.
- Texas Weather: An Anthology of Poetry, Short Fiction, and Nonfiction. Terry Dalrymple and Laurence Musgrove, editors. Beaumont, TX: Lamar University Press, 2016.
- Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems. Scott Wiggerman and Cindy Huyser, editors. Albuquerque: Dos Gatos Press, 2016.
- Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands. ire’ne lara silva and Dan Vera, editors. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 2016.
- Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers. E.R. Bills and Bret McCormick, editors. Fort Worth, TX: Eakin Press, 2016.
- Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance. Sarah Cortez, editor. Huntsville, TX: Texas Review Press, 2015.
- ¡Juventud! Growing up on the Border. René Saldaña, Jr. and Erika Garza-Johnson, editors. Donna, TX: VAO Publishing, 2013.
- Stories of Shapeshifting.
- Meet David Bowles.
- Donna Author on National TV.
- This Is Horror.
- Flower, Song, Dance.
- Perform with Drums.
- Interview with David Bowles.
- Tangent Review.
- TSM Postcard.
- Bowles on Inclusive Literature.
- In the Beginning.
- Book Deals.
- TIL 2017.
- TIL Award List.
- TAPME Award List.
- 2016 ALA Winners.
- Adam Gidwitz (2018). "In the Beginning Was the Name". Nerdy Book Club. Nerdy Book Club. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
- Madeline Smither (2014). "Donna author to talk about 'Big Bird' local legend on national TV". The Monitor. The Monitor. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
- Rasmussen, Peter (July 28, 2015). "The Smoking Mirror: Stories of Shapeshifting Drive Bowles' New Novel". The Monitor. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
- Vourvoulias, Sabrina (April 10, 2015). "Meet David Bowles, author of The Smoking Mirror". AL DÍA. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
- Vourvoulias, Sabrina (June 29, 2015). "Introduction to "Winds that Stir Vermillion Sands"". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
- Fowler, Olivia (2015). "Author Interview: David Bowles on Inclusive Literature, the Hugos, and the Future of Genre Fiction". Geeka Chicas. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
- Texas Associated Press Managing Editors (March 31, 2015). "2014 Texas APME Awards List". Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. Retrieved 2015-09-05.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
- Cummins, Amy (July 2015). "Postcard Review of The Smoking Mirror" (PDF). Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature. 53 (3): 81–101.
- Birkelbach, Alan (June 2014). "Perform with Drums (A Review of Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry)" (PDF). American Book Review. 35 (4): 22–23.
- Hoerth, Katherine (Winter 2014). "Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry". Pleiades. 34 (1): 248–250.
- Texas Institute of Letters (n.d.). "Winners Announced in Texas Institute of Letters Competitions" (PDF). Texas Institute of Letters. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
- Texter, Douglas (May 15, 2015). "Review of Apex Magazine #72". Tangent. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
- Gyasi, Geosi (March 24, 2015). "Interview with David Bowles, Author of The Seed". Geosi Reads: A World of Literary Pieces. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
- IMDB (n.d.). "David Bowles". IMDB. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
- Donna Independent School District (n.d.). "Bilingual/ESL Department". Donna ISD. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
- PR Newswire (January 11, 2016). "American Library Association announces 2016 youth media award winners". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
- UTRGV (n.d.). "Dr. David Bowles". UTRGV. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
- David Bowles (Presenter) (October 6, 2015). Story and Identity: Moving Beyond the Self (video). McAllen: TEDx. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
- TIL Press Release (2017). "Fifteen elected to Texas Institute of Letters". Lone Star Literary Life. Lone Star Literary Life. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
- Full Circle Literary (2017). "David Bowles". Middle Grade & Young Adult. Full Circle Literary. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
- Michael David Wilson (2017). "TIH 132: David Bowles on Mexican-American Folklore, Southern Gothic, and Story Ideas". This Is Horror Podcast. This Is Horror. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- Nicole Brinkley (2017). "What authors received YA book deals in February?". YA Interrobang. YA Interrobang. Retrieved 2018-05-08.