I am C.M. Mayo, literary journalist and novelist,
books on Mexico,
host of the podcast series Marfa Mondays, and the long-standing lit-blog, Madam
On occasion, I also write poetry and translate Mexican fiction and poetry. Through my works, I
bring readers avid to learn more about Mexico and the world to
richer levels of understanding and an awakened sense of wonder
and curiosity. I invite you to visit my website, www.cmmayo.com
with Other Writers,
I interview other
writers I am curious to learn more about, and whose work I admire
So far: Rosemary Sullivan,
author of Villa Bel-Air, a true history of WWII which
reads like a zany thriller; Solveig
Eggerz, author of Seal Woman, a poetic novel of Iceland;
Sara Mansfield Taber,
author of the memoir, Born Under an Assumed Name; Edward Swift, artist, novelist,
and author of the memoir My Grandfather's Finger; Michael K. Schuessler, Mexican
literature expert and biographer extraordinaire; novelist and
essayist Sergio Troncoso;
visionary founder of Literal Magazine Mexican writer and
poet Rose Mary Salum; and
M.M. McAllen about her magnificent
narrative history of Mexico's Second Empire, Maximilian and
ranging from 20 minutes to a little over an hour. What's
a podcast? Basically, it's an audio file you can listen to
/ download on-line. All my podcasts are free. That may change,
but probably not.
the literary spirits move me and the planets align. Right now
that's about once a year. When can you listen
in? Anytime! For
updates, I invite you to subscribe to my free
which includes not only new podcasts but workshop news, news
about my books, best from the blogs, and more.
On the Conversations
with Other Writers webpage, as well as my Podcasts
on Creative Writing page and main Podcasts
page. The hosting service is podomatic.com.
An RSS feed
goes to iTunes, to which you can subscribe
As for the interviews themselves, some take place via Skype,
connecting us wherever we happen to be (Mexico City? Alexandria,
Virginia?) while others are recorded in person. The interview
with Edward Swift was recorded
in his studio in San Miguel de Allende, for example, and another,
with Michael K. Schuessler,
was recorded in a Mexico City bookstore. In sum, it varies.
answer: Because I can and it's fun.
Medium answer: Journalists interviewing authors about
their new books is a conventional form; I want to do something
different: talk to literary writers as a fellow artist about
their works, whether new or old, and explore their lives and
their process. In sum, I consider these an intellectual and spiritual
exercise for me as a writer.
Yadda yadda answer: I believe that through narrative we
become more human; truth is beauty; exploration is infinite.
When you listen in to one of my podcasts, you're coming along
for the ride. These podcasts, like all art, to some degree, are
a gift,* in this case, from me to you, just as
the writers I interview are giving meand through me to
you the gift of their perceptions, stories, and advice.
It is my hope that in this way our community the community
of those who care passionately about good writing be enriched.
*Read more about this
idea in Lewis Hyde's The Gift:
Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World.
the conversation using an ecamm
Skype recorder on my MacBookPro or, if recording in person,
the dictation app on my iPhone. I then load the mp3 file of the
interview onto Apple's Garage
Band program, and edit from there. Music is royalty free
clips from Garage Band or purchased from sites such as www.uniquetracks.com
and the voiceovers are from various vendors on www.fiverr.com.
When the whole enchilada is out of the oven, I upload it to the
hosting service, podomatic.com.
P.S. Want to learn how to do this yourself? The ebook based
on my one day workshop at the Writer's Center, Podcasting
for Writers & Other Creative Entrepreneurs, is now available
Chiva in a Kindle edition. Click on the cover to visit the
ebook's website and get your copy as a Kindle or an iBook edition.