December, 2015  Check out Reunion: The Dallas Review, volume 5, which includes my story, “On the Virtual Failings of Love.”  If you’re interested in buying a copy, here’s the link:  https://ezpay.utdallas.edu/C20239_ustores  /web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=1411


  •  MARCH 9, 2014

Happy to be leaving for the Island on a mini tour for The Accidental Native, from March 17-22.   I’ll read at three campuses of the UPR system: Mayaguez, Rio Piedras and Cayey.  At Cayey, I’ve been invited as a featured guest to participate in the English Department’s “English Week” celebration.   At Rio Piedras I will be reading as part of the conference, “The Caribbean without Borders.”  Looking forward to meeting old friends, acquaintances, former students and discussing my work.  All this and some warm weather and an opportunity to spend some time with family.  Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen.

  •  FEBRUARY 25, 2014

Review of The Accidental Native by Shakti Castro.  She offers some good insights into the novel.  Confused by her statement that the novel stalls in places.  Others have said it’s a page turner.  You decide.  But generally a strong review that does justice to the novel.


And here’s the accompanying interview with her.  Good questions.  Some of my comments were edited out for length purposes.  You can read some of those ideas and thoughts left out in my blog.


  •  JANUARY 19, 2014

Monique Lewis’s article/profile on yours truly and The Accidental Native.  It offers some real texture and context for why I wrote the novel.


  •  JANUARY 17, 2014

Thanks to Melanie D. and Monique Lewis for this review from At The Inkwell:


  • DECEMBER 2, 2013

Thanks to Claudio Ivan Remeseira from NBCLatino for including my novel on this list of “books to buy” for the Holidays. Good advice! It’s not often you can share a list of any kind with the likes of Daniel Alarcon and Edwidge Danticat, two of my favorite writers whom I have taught.


  • NOVEMBER 24, 2013

Article by Robin Caudell in the Press Republican on my novel, The Accidental Native:


  • OCTOBER 31, 2013

Eric Ladau interviews me for his radio show on Public Radio, Houston. Wonderful questions. I really enjoyed this interview. He also has me read excerpts from my short story collection and novel, The Accidental Native. Hope you enjoy.


  • OCTOBER 21, 2013

The Accidental Native reaches the number 2 spot on amazon.com’s “Hot New Releases” in the Hispanic American Literature and Fiction category–right after Junot Diaz.  I’m still shocked.


  • SEPTEMBER 21, 2013

North American Review accepted my poem, “Abuelo and the Kamikaze Angels.”  NAR is the oldest literary journal in the US.  I’m honored to be included in this publication that has deep roots and has published so many fine writers.north american review