|An El Paso, Texas native,
C.M. Mayo is the author of the novel The Last Prince
of the Mexican Empire,
which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by Library
She is also author of 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 translations include stories by Agustín Cadena and the Spiritist Manual by Francisco I. Madero, leader of Mexico's Revolution of 1910.
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, posting on Mondays and occasional Wednesdays.
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.
Her current writing projects include a novel, various translations, and a travel memoir of far West Texas, apropos of which she is posting a series of 24 free podcasts under the title "Marfa Mondays."
>>Listen in to the podcasts here.
Her most recent ebook is Podcasting for Writers & Other Creative Entrepreneurs, (Dancing Chiva, 2012). Listen to her introduction, a podcast about podcasting:
>For the complete list of publications by C.M. Mayo, click here. >On-line press kit