|Name David Bowles||Role Author|
|Books Maths in Practice: Year 8 Pr, The High Engagement Work Cult, Employee Morale: Driving P, Mexican Bestiary: Bestiario, Maths in Practice Year 7|
David bowles named 2016 pura belpre author award honoree
David Bowles (born 1970) is an American critic, translator and author.
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Life and career
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 dark folktales at an early age by his grandmother Marie Garza, the family storyteller.
Those stories got him interested in reading at an early age, setting him on a path to become an English teacher. During his third year in the classroom, he returned to the folktales of his childhood to encourage Mexican-American students who struggled to read. His retelling of the stories for middle-schoolers led to his first book, The Seed.
Bowles' research into border legends has been featured on Monsters and Mysteries in America in the eighth episode of season two: "Winged Beasts: Flying Humanoid, Jersey Devil, Batsquatch." 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, which have appeared in journals such as Rattle, Translation Review, Asymptote, and Metamorphosis: A Journal of Literary Translation. 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. In February of 2017, David Bowles was elected to the Texas Institute of Letters.
Bowles resides with his wife and children in Donna, Texas. He has been the book reviewer for regional newspaper The Monitor since 2012. 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 courses on children's and adolescent literature.
Bowles is represented by Taylor Martindale Kean and Stefanie Von Borstel of Full Circle Literary.
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