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A B O U T
Catherine Mansell Carstens is
the author of Las
Nuevas Finanzas en México (Editorial Milenio/ IMEF
/ ITAM, 1992) and Las
Finanzas Populares en México
(Editorial Milenio / CEMLA / ITAM, 1995). The former,
which was a best-seller in Mexico, has been adopted in several
Mexican universities as a textbook on international finance.
The latter, which is the result of path-breaking research into
how low-income Mexicans use credit, savings, and payments services,
has been widely influential in Mexican microenterprise policy
Both books are still in print and available from Editorial Milenio
in Mexico City. The telephone number in Mexico City is 52037117.
Bookstores that carry her finance titles include Gandhi, IMEF,
Sotano, and others.
In addition to numerous articles on Mexican finance in El
Trimestre Económico, Hemisfile, Business Mexico, Este
País, and El Economista, among many others,
Mansell-Carstens is also editor of Liberalización e
Innovación Financiera en los Paises Desarrollados y en
Latino América, a collection of papers on financial
liberalization and innovation published by the Centro de Estudios
Mansell Carstens received her
BA (`82) and MA (`85) in economics from the University of Chicago.
For several years a full-time professor of economics at the Instituto
Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in
Mexico City, since 1995 she has left this field to concentrate
on a second career as a literary writer with the pen name C.M. Mayo (Mayo being a family name).
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As C.M. Mayo she
is the author of the historical novel, The Last Prince
of the Mexican Empire,
was named one of the Best Books of 2009 by Library Journal.
She is also author of the widely-lauded travel memoir, Miraculous
of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, and Sky Over
which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.
Founding editor of Tameme, the bilingual Spanish/English) chapbook
press, Mayo is also a translator of contemporary Mexican poetry
and fiction. Her anthology of Mexican fiction in translation,
A Traveler's Literary Companion, was
published by Whereabouts Press in March 2006.
Most recently she has founded Dancing Chiva, a press dedicated to
e-books and limited editions.
Mayo's stories, essays
and poems have appeared in numerous U.S. literary magazines including
Chelsea, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre,
Kenyon Review, Literal, The North American Review, The Paris Review,
Southwest Review, Tin House and Witness, as well as
the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal. To
read some of her work on-line, please click here.
Other awards include three Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards
and two Washington Independent
Writers Awards. She has also been awarded residencies at Yaddo,
the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center
for the Creative Arts, and (for Sky Over El Nido) fellowships
from the writers conferences at Wesleyan, Sewanee, and Bread
An El Paso, Texas native raised in Northern California and a
long-time resident of Mexico City, Mayo was educated as an economist
at the University of Chicago. She previously worked at a Mexico
City investment bank and ITAM, a private university, where she
taught international and development finance in both the undergraduate
and the MBA programs.
Currently she divides her time between Mexico City and Washington
DC, where she is on the faculty of The Writers Center . In Mexico City she
offers creative writing workshops via Dancing Chiva Literary Arts.
She is married to Agustín Carstens.
Follow C.M. Mayo's updates @cmmayo1 on Twitter and her blog,
Literary Translators Association; National Book Critics Circle; PEN.