Interviews & Speaking
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).
schedule, upcoming and archived
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.
the book's webpage,
with excerpts, reviews, podcasts, FAQs, and resources for researchers
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
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, 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.
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.
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
"Writers' Blogs: Eight Conclusions After Eight Years of
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.
began podcasting in
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
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
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.
Mayo has been on the faculty of the Bethesda, MD Writer's
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.
Visit C.M. Mayo's workshop page, with the schedule of upcoming workshops,
and a rich array of resources for writers.
is founding editor of Dancing Chiva, a publisher specializing
in Bajacaliforniana; esoterica; Maximiliana; works for writers;
and selected works of her own.
Dancing Chiva's catalog
an interview with C.M. Mayo about Dancing Chiva by Jada Bradley for
travel memoir of far West Texas, apropos of which she is hosting the
Mondays Podcasting Project, and a novel.
Listen to Marfa Mondays
#10 "A Visit to Swan House"
Mayo's professional memberships include the
American Literary Translators Association, Cosmos Club, PEN,
National Book Critics Circle, Women Writing the West, and the