Author of Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution, etc.

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Dear Subscribers,

How long does it take to write a book? As long as it takes to machete one's way through through a jungle. Let's say, I'm working on it.

As those of you who have been following my blog and newsletter know, I've been working on
a book about Far West Texas for an age, and as I go, podcasting interviews plus a few shorter essays. The "Marfa Mondays" Podcasting Project contemplates 24 podcasts, of which 20 have been posted to date. (Listen in to all 20 anytime here.)

Nope, the 21st isn't ready yet, but should be by the time the next newsletter goes out. And I'm just back from another foray into Big Bend National Park and a side trip to Sanderson, one of the most remote towns in the altogether remote Far West Texas, so stay tuned... But in the meantime, there are two new podcasts in my other series, now available for free download:

A Conversation with M.M. McAllen about Maximilian and Carlota
M.M.McAllen is the author of the splendid
Maximilian and Carlota: Europe's Last Empire in Mexico, the first narrative history of Mexico's Second Empire in many decades. Recorded in the Twig bookstore, San Antonio, Texas, October 2015, posted January 2016.

C.M. Mayo Reads Agustín Cadena's "Café San Martín," ALTA 2015
For the American Literary Translation Association's Café Latino at the Café Passé in Tucson, Arizona, October 30, 2015. For more about Agustín Cadena, visit his blog El vino y la hiel. For more about C.M. Mayo's translations, click here.


I invite you to listen in anytime to my Conversations with Other Writers podcast series. Podcasts to date include conversations with Rose Mary Salum, Sergio Troncoso, Michael K. Schuessler, Edward Swift, Sara Mansfield Taber, and Solveig Eggerz.

For those of you who prefer to read rather than listen in, there are also new transcripts, including the one for the conversation with
Solveig Eggerz about her poetic novel of Iceland, Seal Woman.

Speaking of podcasting, here is my guest-post for the Women Writing the West blog:

Podcasting for Writers: To Commit or Not (Or Vaguely?)
Now that I'm working on my 54th podcast, I'll admit, I love podcasting almost as much as writing. Starting back in 2009 I've podcasted many of my lectures, readings, and other events for my books, plus I created and continue to host two podcast series, "Marfa Mondays" and "Conversations with Other Writers." It remains just as awesome to me now as it was with my first podcast that, whether rich or struggling, famous or new, we writers can project our voices instantly all over the world, while making them available to listeners at any time.... [continue reading]


February 10-14, 2016 San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference

Feb 10 @ 3:30 - 5 PM
C.M. Mayo's "Podcasting for Writers" Workshop

Feb 11
@ 11 AM- 12:30 PM
Taller en español "Podcasting para escritores"
@12:45 PM
Tent A. C.M. Mayo reads from Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution

Feb 13 @ 11 AM - 12:30 PM
C.M. Mayo to moderate panel on "Global Migration: People and Their Stories"
with panelists Juan Villoro, Luis Alberto Urrea, Elizabeth Hay, and Lisa See

Feb 14 @ 11 AM - 12:30 PM
C.M. Mayo on Panel on Historical Fiction
with Sandra Gulland, Anne Easter Smith & Mary Novik
"Into the Heart of the Story: Truth & Lies in Historical Fiction"

April 16, 2016 Bethesda MD
(Saturday, one day only)
The Writer's Center
10 am - 1 pm
Literary Travel Writing
Take your travel writing to another level: the literary, which is to say, giving the reader the novelistic experience of actually traveling there with you. For both beginning and advanced writers, this workshop covers the techniques from fiction and poetry that you can apply to this specialized form of creative nonfiction for deliciously vivid effects.

Link to register on-line will be available soon.

Questions about this workshop? Email me here.



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Over at my other blog, Maximilian ~ Carlota

Check out the all new screen-friendly cover for the Kindle edition of my travel memoir, Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, featuring the painting by "Sunrise Over the Sierras" by Michael Cope, who also owns the Galería de Todos Santos.

(The paperback edition is available from Milkweed Editions, as ever.)

Read an excerpt from this book here.
Listen in to a podcast from this book here.
Audio book coming soon!


For WRITERS: Updates on the Resources for Writers page.
"Giant Golden Buddha" & 364 More Free 5 Minute Writing Exercises.

.All good wishes to you,