Pat Mora’s Books for Adults and Teens

Autumn 2020 Writing Message
Pat MoraMy first book, Chants, was published in 1984 by Arte Público Press at the University of Houston. I was an administrator at the University of Texas at El Paso when my first copy arrived. Thanks to my mom, I’d grown up loving books, libraries, and reading in the desert city of El Paso. How happy it made me to hold that little book Chants with my name on it.

Since then, I’ve published seven books of poetry for adults and young adults and three books of nonfiction, one a family memoir, House of Houses. A mom and grandmom, I’ve also had the pleasure of publishing many books for children.

How does a book evolve?

Recently, I’ve had an idea for a novella I’d like to try as I wait hopefully for editors to smile on some of my pending manuscripts. I’m a plant person, so as I putter inside and out, I’m listening to the main character of the novella. I know what she does–her work–but I’m listening for a signature musical phrase, her theme, to accompany me/us on our verbal journey.—Pat

Poetry Collections

Encantado: Desert Monologues

Adobe Odes

Agua Santa Holy Water

Aunt Carmen's Book of Practical Saints

Communion

Communion
E-book available
Borders

Borders
E-book available
Chants

Chants
E-book available


Nonfiction
House of Houses

House of Houses
a family memoir
Nepantla

Zing Seven Creative Practices for Educators and Students


Essays by Pat
Creative Leaders

Creative Leaders
from Leading from the Heart:
The Passion to Make a Difference

Bookjoy!
from Open a World of Possible: Real Stories About the Joy and Power of Reading


Books for Teens
Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love

My Own True Name by Pat Mora