C. M. MAYO, AWARD-WINNING LITERARY JOURNALIST & NOVELIST. MAINLY MEXICO, SOMETIMES TEXAS & WELL YONDER.
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Welcome, I am very glad you found this page.
I am C.M. Mayo, literary journalist and novelist. I also blog, write poetry, undertake the occasional literary translation, and host various podcast series. 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 video.) This website is primarily a guide to my books and other publications, but it is also a platform for my blogs, podcasts and videos, and a portal for communication with you, dear reader. If you're a writer yourself, may my workshop page 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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THE THIRD-PERSON BOILERPLATE, IN BRIEF
C.M. Mayo has been living in and writing about Mexico for over twenty-five years. Her most recent book is

Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual.

She is also the author of:
The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, an historical novel based on the true story, which was named one of the best books of 2009 by Library Journal;
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. An avid translator of Mexican contemporary poetry and fiction, her anthology of 24 Mexican writers is
Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion.












 

 

 










 

 

 

 

 




THE THIRD-PERSON BOILERPLATE, EXTENDED VERSION
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 an award-winning literary journalist, novelist, poet, translator, and podcaster.

Reviews, Interviews & Speaking
C.M. Mayo's work has been reviewed in publications as diverse as the Los Angeles Times, Publisher's Weekly, and Letras Libres (Mexico's leading cultural magazine), and she has been interviewed on National Public Radio, The Book Show on WETA, for Inside Mexico, and elsewhere. She has given uncounted talks over the course of five book tours, she has given uncounted talks at venues including the Library of Congress, the Angela Peralta Theater for PEN San Miguel, Stanford University's Bolivar House, the US-Mexico Center at UCSD, noted independent bookstores such as Austin's Book People, Silicon Valley's Kepler's, and Pasadena's Vroman's, and book festivals (the Texas Book Festival, Fall for the Book, and Mexico's Feria Internacional de Libros, among many others).
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View her events schedule, upcoming and archived

Most Recent Works
Her most recent book, a paradigm-exploding and profoundly researched examination of the esoteric philosophy of the leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution, is
Metaphysical Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and his Secret Book, Spiritist Manual.
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Visit the book's webpage, with excerpts, reviews, podcasts, FAQs, and resources for researchers

Other Books
Previous 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.

Literary Translations
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 Literary Companion, was published by Whereabouts Press in March 2006. Her most recent literary translations include short works by stories by Agustín Cadena, Alvaro Enrigue, and Mónica Lavín.

Stories, Essays, Poems
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.

Awards
In addition to the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, C.M. Mayo's recognitions include 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.

Blogging
One of the pioneers of literary blogging, Mayo launched began Madam Mayo in 2006, and she continues to post on Mondays and oftentimes more often. In 2014 she gave a talk for the Associated Writing Programs Conference in Seattle on "Writers' Blogs: Eight Conclusions After Eight Years of Blogging."

She also maintains a research blog on Mexico's Second Empire / French Intervention, and has two archived blogs, Giant Golden Buddha & 364 More Free 5 Minute Writing Exercises and Reading Tolstoy's War & Peace.

Podcasting
Mayo began podcasting in 2009, with her lecture at the Library of Congress on the archival research behind her novel, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire. Mayo has since posted some 40 podcasts. In addition to those about her books and for her writing workshop students, Mayo now hosts an occasional series, Conversations with Other Writers, and the Marfa Mondays Podcasting Project, which is apropos of a book-in-progress about Far West Texas. Her ebook, based on her one day workshop at the Writer's Center is Podcasting for Writers & Other Creative Entrepreneurs, available in Kindle and iBook editions.
Listen to C.M. Mayo introduce her book, Podcasting for Writers, with a podcast.

Teaching
C.M. Mayo has been on the faculty of the Bethesda, MD Writer's Center since 1999; now mainly in Mexico City, she continues to teach occasional one day workshops at the Writer's Center on fiction and literary travel writing, and to serve on the Writer's Center's board. She has also taught at various writer's conferences, including the Writer's Center's Publish Now! and the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference in Mexico.
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Visit C.M. Mayo's workshop page, with the schedule of upcoming workshops, and a rich array of resources for writers.

Dancing Chiva
Mayo is founding editor of Dancing Chiva, a publisher specializing in Bajacaliforniana; esoterica; Maximiliana; works for writers; and selected works of her own.
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View Dancing Chiva's catalog
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Read an interview with C.M. Mayo about Dancing Chiva by Jada Bradley for in-Reads.


Current Writing
Work-in-progress includes a travel memoir of far West Texas, apropos of which she is hosting the Marfa Mondays Podcasting Project, and a novel.
Listen to Marfa Mondays #10 "A Visit to Swan House"

Memberships
C.M. Mayo's professional memberships include
the Author's Guild, American Literary Translators Association, Cosmos Club, PEN, National Book Critics Circle, Women Writing the West, and the Writer's Center.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






























































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Welcome, I am very glad you found this page. I am 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 video.) 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 with you, dear reader. If you're a writer yourself, may my workshop page 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.)

HEREWITH THE THIRD-PERSON BOILERPLATE (as supplied 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 translator.

Her most recent book is Metaphysical Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and his Secret Book, Spiritist Manual.

Previous 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 Literary Companion, was published by Whereabouts Press in March 2006. Her most recent literary translations 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 include a travel memoir of far West Texas, apropos of which she is hosting the Marfa Mondays Podcasting Project.

Member: Author's Guild, American Literary Translators Association, Cosmos Club, PEN, National Book Critics Circle, Women Writing the West, and the Writer's Center.
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