Author of Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution, etc.

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Through narrative we become more human. Truth is beauty. Exploration is infinite.

Winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award
Forthcoming, Spring 2019

"The first thing we notice while reading C.M. Mayo is her motion, her flow, silk—line after line summoning us through story. This gift can't be manufactured. It comes from a writer, seasoned and smart, with something to say and the literary confidence to say it. I believe this is Mayo's best work—perfect words without artifice; characters and situations made permanent; a triumph of language as a natural art. She brings flowers to the living."
Grace Cavalieri, "The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress"

Metaphysical Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and his Secret Book, Spiritist Manual
In a blend of personal essay and a rendition of deeply researched metaphysical and Mexican history that reads like a novel, award-winning writer and noted literary translator C.M. Mayo provides a rich introduction and the first English translation of Spiritist Manual, the secret book by Francisco I. Madero, leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution and President of Mexico, 1911-1913 
The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
The novel based on the true story
"a crucial period in Mexican history... an engaging story
brimming with majestic ambition."
Publisher's Weekly
A Library Journal Best Book 2009
Miraculous Air:
Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico
Now available in paperback from Milkweed Editions and in Kindle
"One of the best books ever about Baja California. Highly recommended"
Library Journal
Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion
Edited by C.M. Mayo: a portrait of Mexico in a dazzling collection of fiction and prose by 24 Mexican writers, many translated for the first time.
"It will open your eyes, fill you with pleasure and render our perennial vecinos a little less distante."
Los Angeles Times Book Review
Sky Over El Nido
Winner, Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
"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)
In-progress: World Waiting for a Dream: A Turn in Far West Texas
For a selection of essay-length works, including "Disptach from the Sister Republic or, Papelito Habla," please visit my articles and essays page and/or my ebooks page.