C. M. MAYO, AWARD-WINNING LITERARY JOURNALIST & NOVELIST. MAINLY MEXICO, SOMETIMES TEXAS & WELL YONDER.
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An El Paso, Texas native, raised in Northern California, educated at the University of Chicago, C.M. Mayo is an award-winning literary journalist, novelist, poet, translator, and podcaster who has been living in and writing about Mexico for over 25 years.

RECENT WORK
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.

>Visit the book's webpage, with excerpts, reviews, podcasts, FAQs, and resources for researchers

PRAISE FOR C.M. MAYO'S
METAPHYSICAL ODYSSEY INTO THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION


"In my fifteen years of researching the life of President Francisco I. Madero, I have never read a more complete book as the one just written by C.M. Mayo. It will simply surprise any reader. The research is impeccable and the narrative well-rounded."
Manuel Guerra de Luna, author of Los Madero: La Saga Liberal

"Mayo does a brilliant job combining the known facts of the Mexican Revolution and Madero's role within it, and creates an intellectual bridge to the president's spiritist belief structure...With her translation of the Spiritist Manual, C.M. Mayo opened this incredible window into the metaphysical side of the Mexican Revolution"
Heribert von Feilitzsch, author of In Plain Sight: Felix Sommerfeld, Spymaster in Mexico

"Ever astonishing are the greats whose inner tracks wholly diverge from their renown. Such a case is Francisco I. Madero, first president of Mexico after the 1910 revolution, whose political genius was immersed in mysticism, and equally extraordinary is C. M. Mayo's account of this paradox in Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution. Threading the tortuous path of Madero from birth to assassination, and culminating in the first translation into English of the little-known Spiritist Manual of this master of statecraft, Mayo's account brings to life the duality of the singular founder of Mexican democracy."
Bruce Berger, author of The Telling Distance: Conversations with the American Desert
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OTHER BOOKS
C.M. Mayo's 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.
PRAISE FOR C.M. MAYO'S WORKS

Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution:
Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual
"In my fifteen years of researching the life of President Francisco I. Madero, I have never read a more complete book as the one just written by C.M. Mayo. It will simply surprise any reader. The research is impeccable and the narrative well-rounded."
Manuel Guerra de Luna, author of Los Madero: La Saga Liberal
The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
"I have read a few sweeping historical novels that have remain inside of me forever. Tolstoy's War and Peace is one of those, Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is another, Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago is another, and now The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire is another." James Tipton, Mexico Connect
Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles
through Baja California, the Other Mexico
"With elegant prose and an artist's eye for detail, Mayo may just have written one of the best books ever about Baja California. Highly recommended" Library Journal

Sky Over El Nido
"A remarkable literary debut... tautly fashioned prose, alive with myriad turns of phrase as on-target as they are idiosyncratic." Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"C.M. Mayo writes some of the most exquisitely fashioned, perfectly measured prose alive in the world today. Her stories glitter with delicious odd details. They feel electrically charged, richly mysterious, and rhythmic. I love her layering of cultures, her offbeat humor, her potent instinct for voices. Bravo! Captivating! Yes, yes, yes!" Naomi Shihab Nye

Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion
"This is a book to throw in a suitcase or mochila (backpack) on the way to Mexico or just settling into a favorite patio chair. It will open your eyes, fill you with pleasure and render our perennial vecinos a little less distante." Los Angeles Times Book Review

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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, POEMS, ESSAYS
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.

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, 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

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.

Her many guest-blogs have appeared in Large-hearted Boy, Beatrice.com, Book Drunkard, Cool Tools, Hist Fic Chick, and elsewhere.

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 a member of 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!" seminar 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.


WORK-IN-PROGRESS
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.