of Chicago Alumna Explores Secret Book by Leader of the Mexican
By Greg Borzo, Division of
the Social Sciences University of Chicago, on-line newsletter,
archives at Mexicos Ministry of Finance in 2008, Catherine
Mansell, who goes by her penname, C.M. Mayo,
came across a little book called Manual espírita
aaaWhos Bhima? she asked.
None other than Francisco Madero, the Mexican statesman who kicked
off the Mexican Revolution and served as president of Mexico
from 1911 to 1913, before he was assassinated.
...At that moment, Mayo, an accomplished
novelist, memoirist, poet and translator, knew instantly
and absolutely that she would translate this secret, never-before-translated
Financiero (in Spanish)
Alberto Baude Barrientos interviews C.M. Mayo about books, publishing,
and the latest, Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution
and the novel, El último príncipe del Imperio
Literary Magazine: "The Politics
Mary J. Lohnes interviews
C.M. Mayo about The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire. October
Interview by Jenn about The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire.
November 12, 2010.
interview by historical novels blogger Margaret Donsbach. October
Ferrer's NYC-based blog, embracing Hispanic heritage. September
El Calendario de Todos Santos
Writer Michael Mercer
interviews C.M. Mayo about the writing of The Last Prince
of the Mexican Empire. March 2010
("The Book Maven") interviews C.M. Mayo about The
Last Prince of the Mexican Empire and the Washington DC story
behind the story. January 22, 2010.
with a Canine Blog
Interview by Marshal
Zeringue. November 25, 2009.
Mass: National Book Critics Circle
Small Press Spotlight:
An Interview with C.M. Mayo by Rigoberto Gonzalez. October 11,
for the Book Festival (George Mason University): David Heath
interviews C.M. Mayo about
The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire and the story behind
the story of Mexico's half-American prince. September 2009. (To
read the complete interview, which includes previously unpublished
Q & A about the Empress Carlota, click here.)
de la Universidad de Chicago
(University of Chicago Mexico Alumni Association)
Apropos of the presentation
of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire in Mexico City
here for photos of the event.
interviews C.M. Mayo about The Last Prince of the Mexican
Empire and the writing process. July 3, 2009.
A guest-blog post with a playlist for The Last Prince of the
Savvy Verse & Wit Interview by leading book blogger Serena
Agusto-Cox about The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire.
Bennett interviews C.M. Mayo about The Last Prince of the
Mexican Empire and some of the stories
(by Araceli Ardón, Fernando del Paso,
Mónica Lavín) in Mexico: A Traveler's
Poet and the Poem
Grace Cavalieri inteviews C.M. Mayo and Francisco Aragon. Recorded
Fall 2008 at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Questions for C.M. Mayo
by Wendy Burt March 1, 2009.
Poder y negocios
"Se puede conocer a México
a traves del corazón"
An interview (in
Spanish) by Dolia Estevez about Mexico: A Traveler's Literary
Companion, Miraculous Air, and Tameme. October 2007.
John Ydstie interviews C.M. Mayo about literary translation and
Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion. April 1st 2006.
O'Connor Award Series Editor Nancy Zafris Interviews C.M. Mayo
An interview about Sky Over El Nido and what this judge
looks for in a mansucript. April 2008.
Inside Mexico's co-founding editor
Margot Shetterley interviews C.M. Mayo on writing about and translating
in Mexico. June 2007.
(Photo by Luz Montero)
Ann's Review Interview: Editor
Beth Bosworth interviews C.M. Mayo. Summer / Fall 2008
and Ian Fitzpatrck interview C.M. Mayo about Mexico: A Traveler's
and Mexico's Baja California peninsula, Mexico City,the forthcoming
Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, and more. January 6, 2009.
Book Critics Circle Blog "Critical Mass"
Rigoberto Gonzalez interviews C.M. Mayo: "Small Press Spotlight"
about Tameme, the new chapbook
series, literary translation, and more. April 22, 2008.
E-Panel: Publishing Panel on Chapbooks
The Emerging Writers
Network Blog, by Dan Wickett. An interview with a panel of six
chapbook editors, including C.M. Mayo (editor of Tameme Chapbooks
~ Cuadernos). October 10, 2008.
In the premier issue (August- Sept 2007), editor Adam Behar interviews
C.M. Mayo about the new paperback edition of her memoir, Miraculous Air.
Interview with C.M. Mayo
by Shawn Westfall, DCist's literary correspondent and improv
workshop leader extraordinaire
Umair Khan interviews C.M. Mayo about living in and writing about
Mexico. June 2007.
Wadell interviews C.M. Mayo on the Wide World of Mexican Fiction.
Wayne E. Yang, litblogger extraordinaire, interviews C.M. Mayo
about literary translation and Mexico: A Traveler's Literary
Companion. June 30, 2006.
Spokane Interviews C.M. Mayo about Her New Anthology, Mexico:
A Traveler's Literary Companion
C.M. Mayo about
Mexican literature, translation, and the Mexican fascination
with the macabre.
Washington Independent Writers
Mayo on Mexican Literature and the anthology Mexico: A Traveler's
Reading the World: E-Panel of Literary Translators: C.M. Mayo
and others on the art of literary translators.
Rag An interview
with C.M. Mayo about her reading of "The Building of Quality"
for the inaugural A Space Inside Reading Series at Riverby Books
on Capitol Hill.
Potts' Vagabonding An
interview with C.M. Mayo about travel writing, Baja California,
V.S. Naipaul, and the writing of Miraculous Air.
Nonfiction (on the web) A conversation with C.M. Mayo about her
recent essay in Creative Nonfiction's special "Mexican
Voices" issue, "The Essential Francisco Sosa
or, Picadou's Mexico City"
Liu's Interview with the editor of TAMEME. "Literary translation
is an art and it matters very much how well it is done..."
Pictures: Kahlo's Ghost" -- C.M. Mayo on Salma Hayek's "Frida".
City Paper "Baja Afresh"
Louis Jacob interviews C.M. Mayo about Miraculous Air.
Emerging Writers Network Dan Wicket Interviews
C.M. Mayo about Sky Over El Nido, winner of the Flannery
O'Connor Award for Short Fiction-- and asks the Farenheit 451
NAFTA Crosses Borders" C.M. Mayo on the founding of Tameme,
the bilingual (Spanish/English) journal of new writing from Canada,
the US and Mexico
you learn to write?
I love to read so from the time I was small I read a lot. Second
I wrote a lot. Third, I took several writing workshops at summer
writers conferences from good writers (Kelly Cherry, Clark Blaise,
Leonard Michaels, David Rieff, Marilyn Robinson, Paul Bowles,
and others). Fourth, I read -- and continue to read -- many books
on craft. On my workshop page I provide a list of recommended books.
Where do you
get your ideas?
and I pay attention. Then it happens. What is "it"?
I'm not sure. My theory is, when
goes into theta, consciousness expands.
write every day?
try to. When all else fails, there's always the daily five...
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