Welcome, I am very glad
you found this page.
C.M. Mayo, novelist, essayist, poet, literary translator and
podcaster. Pictured here is my writing assistant and book shop
mascot, Uli Quetzalpugtl. (If you really want to see what I look
like, on a reasonably OK hair day, click here, and for myriad better
hair days of yore, this
This website is primarily a guide to my books,
ebooks, and other publications, but it is also a platform for my blogs, podcasts and videos,
and a portal for communication
dear reader. If you're a writer yourself, may my workshop
help you along your path. If it's anything like mine or
most writers' it's wiggly and wacky, but what the hell.
Through narrative we become more human; truth is beauty; exploration
is infinite. (And pugs make everything hilarious.)
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to conferences and the like):
An El Paso, Texas native, raised in Northern California, educated
at the University of Chicago, and long-time resident of Mexico
City, C.M. Mayo is a novelist, travel writer, poet, and literary
Her most recent book
Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and
his Secret Book, Spiritist Manual.
books include the novel The Last Prince
of the Mexican Empire,
which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by Library
Journal; the widely-lauded travel memoir, Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja
California, the Other Mexico, and Sky Over El Nido, 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, Mexico: A Traveler's
was published by Whereabouts Press in March 2006. Her most
include short works by stories by Agustín Cadena, Alvaro
Enrigue, and Mónica Lavín.
Mayo's stories, essays and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies
and literary magazines, including Chelsea, Cenizo Journal,
Creative Nonfiction, Kenyon Review, Literal, North American
Review, Massachusetts Review, Paris Review, Southwest
Review, Tin House and Witness, as well as the Los
Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.
Other awards include three Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism
Awards and three Washington Independent Writers Awards, most
recently for her essay, "From Mexico to Miramar
or, Across the Lake of Oblivion." 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 Loaf.
One of the pioneers of
literary blogging, she began Madam Mayo in 2006, and she continues
to post on Mondays and oftentimes more often.
She is also founding editor of Dancing Chiva, an ebook publisher
specializing in Bajacaliforniana; esoterica; Maximiliana; works
for writers; and selected works of her own.
Current writing projects
travel memoir of far West Texas, apropos of which she is hosting the
Mondays Podcasting Project.
Author's Guild, American Literary Translators
Association, Cosmos Club, PEN, National Book Critics Circle,
Women Writing the West, and the Writer's Center.