David Bowles


Donna, TX
Texas US

Author's Bio

A product of an ethnically diverse family, I have lived most of my life in the Río Grande Valley of deep South Texas, where I divide my time between writing, editing, and teaching at the University of Texas Pan American. The Texas Institute of Letters recently awarded my book Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry the Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation. I am the author of several other books, among them Shattering and Bricolage, Creature Feature, and The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge. My research into local legends has been featured on the Discovery and Animal Planet channels as part of the show Monsters and Mysteries in America. Additionally, my work has been published or is forthcoming in various periodicals, including Rattle, Translation Review, Eye to the Telescope, Concho River Review, Interstice, BorderSenses, Illya’s Honey, James Gunn’s Ad Astra, 2015 Texas Poetry Calendar and Red River Review.

Publications & Prizes

Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance (Texas Review Press, 2015)
They Call Me Güero (Cinco Puntos Press, 2018)
Shattering and Bricolage (Ink Brush Press, 2014)
Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry (Lamar University Literary Press, 2013)
Amarillo Bay
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Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas
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The Thing Itself Literary Journal
Translation Review
Prizes won: 

2014 Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation

2016 Pura Belpré Author Honor

2019 Pura Belpré Author Honor

2019 Walter Dean Myers Honor Book for Outstanding Children's Literature

2019 Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry

2019 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award

2018 Jean Flynn Award for Best Middle Grade Book



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Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Upper Marlboro
Raised in: 
McAllen, TX
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Last update: May 21, 2019