Home | About | Books | Other Publications | Blogs | Podcasts | Interviews | Events | News
Book Clubs | Buy Books & CDs | Workshop | Join Mailing List | Contact >>

S E L E C T E D* P U B L I C A T I O N S


The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
a novel based on the true story, Unbridled Books

watch the trailer

"Mayo's reanimation of a crucial period in Mexican history should satisfy history buffs and those in the mood for an engaging story
brimming with majestic ambition."
Publisher's Weekly

Selected: A Library Journal Best Book 2009

The Spanish translation,
El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano, will be published this September with Random House-Mondadori.

Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico
Now available in paperback from Milkweed Editions

watch the trailer

One of the best books ever about Baja California. Highly recommended"
Library Journal

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)


Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion
Edited by C.M. Mayo: a dazzling collection of Mexican fiction and prose.

watch the trailer

"It will open your eyes, fill you with pleasure and render our perennial vecinos a little less distante."

Los Angeles Times Book Review
Selected Essays of Creative Nonfiction

From Mexico to Miramar or, Across the Lake of Oblivion
From Massachusetts Review. Finalist, Texas Institute of Letters O. Henry Award for Best Magazine Journalism. Winner, Washington Writing Prize for Best Personal Essay.

The Essential Francisco Sosa or, Picadou's Mexico City
From Creative Nonfiction Magazine) Winner, Washington Independent Writers Prize for Best Personal Essay & Winner, Lowell Thomas Award. Available as an audio CD. Included in the anthology edited by Lee Gutkind, Hurricanes and Carnivals (University of Arizona Press, 2007).
>>Read an interview about this essay here.

A Touch of Evil From Fourth Genre, winner, Lowell Thomas Award; also a chapter in Miraculous Air.

Bay of Angels From Southwest Review; also a chapter in Miraculous Air.

Into the Sierra de San Francisco From Brevity; also in Miraculous Air.

Selected Articles

Guest-Blogging: A Flourishing New Literary Genre and a Powerful Tool for Promotion (Plus 10 Tips for Coming Up with Your Own Guest-Blog Posts
First Person Plural, the blog of the Writer's Center, May 5, 2010

"Harrowing Historicals: Haunted Historical Fiction"
(Hiist Fic Chick October 15, 2010)

What Connects You to the 1860s? (Apropos of the new paperback edition of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire)
(Beatrice.com, April 29, 2010)

A Traveler in Mexico: A Rendezvous with Writer Rosemary Sullivan
(Inside Mexico, March 2009)

Twitter Is
(Literal: Latin American Voices / Voces Latinoamericanas:
The social network. Digital utopia / Las redes sociales. Utopía digital. Summer 2009)

In Celebration of Literal: Latin American Voices / Voces Latinoamericanas
A talk given at the Feria Internacional del Libro in Guadalajara, Mexico (December 2009)
Selected Short Stories

The Building of Quality (The Kenyon Review)

What Happened to Thelma A silly short story set in the Watergate that has a dreadful ending. From Chelsea, and most recently, Literal.

Manta Ray Another silly story set in the Watergate that has a somewhat more elevated ending From Natural Bridge,and subsequently in Grace and Gravity

The Jaguarundi A story about a curious cat from Sky Over El Nido.

UFO, 1990 From Gargoyle

Selected Poetry

Rip the Page: Adventures in Creative Writing, edited by Karen Benke (Trumpeter, 2010), includes C.M. Mayo's advice to writers and the poem "People Who Pat Me, by Picadou"

Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, edited by Robert L. Giron (Gival Press, 2009)
includes C.M. Mayo's poem "Man High"

Poetic Voices Without Borders, edited by Robert L. Giron (Gival Press, 2005) includes C.M. Mayo's poem "In the Garden of Lope de Vega"

Five poems in Beltway: "Bank"; "Nafta" "The Egg"; "In the New Territories"; and "The Sea is Cortes"

"In the New Territories" The Green Tricycle

"Man High" from BorderSenses, Winner, Washington Independent Writers Prize for Best Poem

"From the Torre Latinoamericano" in Zinkzine.

Picadou's People Who Pat Me & Other Puggy Poems (For children)

Selected Book Reviews

Fanny Calderon de la Barca's Life in Mexico From Tin House

Ilan Stavan's Octavio Paz: A Meditation From The Hyde Park Review of Books

Sam Quinones's True Tales From Another Mexico From Wilson Quarterly

Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan's The Prison Angel From Wilson Quarterly

See also Madam Mayo blog for many more mini-reviews, as well as
Top 10 Books Read 2009

Top 10 Books Read 2008
Top 10 Books Read 2007
Top Ten Books Read 2006.
Selected Translations of Poetry and Fiction
(Mexican, unless otherwise noted)

Carne verde, piel negro / An Avocado from Michoacán
A short story by Agustín Cadena, translated by C.M. Mayo. Tameme Chapbooks ~ Cuadernos, 2007.

Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion, edited by C.M. Mayo. Includes translations of fiction by Agustín Cadena, Fernando del Paso, Guadalupe Loaeza, Araceli Ardón, Mónica Lavín, Juan Villloro, and many others.

Tameme, edited by C.M. Mayo (founding editor). Originally a literary journal, Tameme is now Tameme Chapbooks ~ Cuadernos, publishing new writing from Canada, the United States, and Mexico in bilingual (English / Spanish) chapbooks.

Best of Contemporary Mexican Fiction, edited by Álvaro Uribe and Olivia Sears, (Dalkey Archive, 2009), includes C.M. Mayo's translation of Álvaro Enrigue's short story "On the Death of the Author."

New World / New Words: Recent Writing from the Americas edited by Thomas Christensen, with an introduction by Gregory Rabassa, (Two Lines World Library) includes C.M. Mayo's translation of a short story by Monica Lavin.

Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry, edited by Mónica de la Torre and Michael Wiegers (Copper Canyon 2002) includes C.M. Mayo's translations of poems by Tedi López Mills

The Tree Is Older Than You Are, edited by Naomi Shihab Nye (Simon & Schuster 1994) contains C.M. Mayo's translations of poems by Eduardo Hurtado and Antonio del Toro.

Dangerous Beauty (Selected Poems 1987-2006), by Luis Alberto Ambroggio, edited by Yvette Neisser Moreno (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2009), contains translations by C.M. Mayo: "Deadlines"; "The Story"; "The Fallen." Ambroggio is Argentine-American.
On Writing, Publishing, and Translation

"Giant Golden Buddha" & 364 More Daily 5 Minute Writing Exercises

A Writing Life Blog:
Break the Block in Five Minutes

ForeWord Magazine Blog:
Use an Egg-timer if You Must: The Five Minute Cure for Writer's Block

ForeWord Magazine Blog:
One Dozen Books for the Novelist's Bookshelf

ForeWord Magazine Blog:
Ten Tools for Organizing the Novel-in-Progress

ForeWord Magazine Blog:
Writers' Blogs: What Works (& What Doesn't)

The Part Times (Johns Hopkins Part-Time Writing Program Newsletter) and the Writers Center's Writer's Carousel (a modified version also appeared in The Writer magazine)
Out of the Forest of Noise: Publishing the Literary Short Story

Madam Mayo Blog and also Work-in-Progress Blog:
Ten Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Writing Workshop

Madam Mayo blog (from The Writer's Carousel, winter/ spring 2009)
Literary Travel Writing

Two Words, blog of the Center for Art in Translation, September 9, 2009
Translator's Toolkit: One Dozen Tools for Organizing a Translation-in-Progress


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

Why attend a bookstore reading?

>>For the complete (and much more detailed) list of publications by C.M. Mayo, click here.

Where to buy C.M. Mayo's books and CDs? Click here for all ordering options.