David Bowles


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.


  1. Literary Arts

    Comparative Literature, Literary Translation, Performance & Reading, Teaching
    Children's Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Fiction, Horror & Gothic, LGBTQ+ Fiction, Magical Realism, Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Narrative Poetry, Free Verse Poetry, Ghazal
  2. Social Justice

    Socialy Engaged Art, Civic Engagement, Education
    Corporate Responsibility & Accountability, Children & Youth, Freedom of Media & Speech, Intersectionality, Racial Justice
  3. Music

    Techno, Indie Pop, Ambient, Space Music, Alternative Hip Hop, Background Scores, Classical Film Scoring
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