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Creative Nonfiction / Travel Writing

A Visit to Swan House
Presidio Texas' unique adobe teaching house inspired by the legacy of the great Egyptian architect, Hassan Fathy
From Cenizo Journal.

C.M. Mayo reads for PEN San Miguel, San Miguel de Allende, February 29, 2013 >Listen to the podcast


In Celebration of Literal: Latin American Voices / Voces Latinoamericanas
A talk by C.M. Mayo at the Feria Internacional del Libro, Guadalajara, Mexico, December, 2009 (Madam Mayo Blog)


A Traveler in Mexico: A Rendezvous with Writer Rosemary Sullivan
Inside Mexico, March 2009 Now also available as a free podcast on my "Conversations with Other Writers" page.


From Mexico to Miamar or, Across the Lake of Oblivion
Massachusetts Review, December 2006. Now available as an audio CD (2 CD set) read by the author, and a Kindle edition from Dancing Chiva.
Washington Independent Writers Award for Personal Essay, 2007






The Essential Francisco Sosa, or, Picadou's Mexico City
Creative Nonfiction, Mexican Voices issue, ed. Ilán Stavans, Summer, 2004. Included in the anthology Hurricanes and Carnivals: Essays by Chicano, Pochos, Pachucos, Mexicanos and Expatriates, ed. Lee Gutkind, (University of Arizona Press, 2007). Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism Article, Personal Comment, First Place (Gold), 2005. Washington Independent Writers Award for Personal Essay, 2005

Only Pearls: A Brief History of Pearl Fishing in Baja California
Planeta.com winter 2003. Excerpt from Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007).

Hell, I Knew It was Paradise
The Mexico File, Dec/ Jan 2002-2003.An excerpt from a chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007)
>>Now a podcast

The Visitors / Los Visitantes

Traducción por Bertha Ruiz de la Concha (Tameme, 2002) A bilingual version (English / Spanish side-to-side) of a chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007)

Lay Thine Hand Upon Him
Massachusetts Review, Fall 2002. A chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007).
Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism Article, Environmental Tourism, Third Place (Bronze), November 2003

El Halloween and the Día de Muertos
North American Review, Fall 2002. An excerpt of a slightly dfferent version of a chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007). Included in the anthology Writing the World: On Globalization, eds. David Rothenberg and Wandee J. Pryor, (MIT Press, 2005)

Oceans of Tears

Planeta.com, Fall 2002. Excerpt from Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007).

A Touch of Evil

Fourth Genre, Spring 2002. A chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007) Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism Article, Cultural Journalism, First Place (Gold), November 2003

In the Land of the Clouds
Southwest Review, vol. 87. No.1, 2002. A chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007)

Into the Sierra de San Francisco

Brevity, Winter 2002. An excerpt from a chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007)

Bay of Angels
Southwest Review, Winter 2000. A chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007)

Heady Xalapa: Into the Heart of the Veracruz Coffee Country
Business Mexico, March 1999

Underground Art in Lower California
Wall Street Journal, March 5, 1998. Finalist, Texas Institute of Letters' Stanley Walker Award for Best Work of Journalism in a Daily Newspaper, 1998
(Note: the title is not mine; the cave art is not underground.)

Old California, Missions and Murals
Los Angeles Times, April 6, 1997

 Guest-Blog Posts

It's Not Navidad without Piloncillo
Curled Up with a Good Book Blog. December 2010.

The Top 5 of the Tussie-Mussie
Book Drunkard, November 19, 2010

The Story of the Story of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
Girls Just Reading Blog. November 2010.

Haunted Historical Fiction: The Curious Coincidences Concerning Senator Claiborne Pell's Mansion
Hist Fic Chick October 15, 2010.
New: now
a podcast, free on iTunes.

What Connects You to the 1860s?
Beatrice.com

A Book Group Meeting Menu
Reading Group Guides, June 8, 2009

Playlist for The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
Largehearted Boy, "Book Notes," May 27, 2009

VCCA Guest-Blog Post

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Blog, May 5, 2009

Potomac Review Blog

About "The Darling of Rosedale" (from issue 44 of the Potomac Review) the first chapter of the novel, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, guest-blog post, May 5, 2009

My Favorite Bookstore? C.M. Mayo Celebrates a Batch of Bookstores

Red Room Author Blog, November 4, 2009
Other Articles and Guest-Blog Posts (Mostly on Writing)

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

Translator's Toolkit:
One Dozen Tools for Organizing a Translation-in-Progress

Two Words: The Blog of the Center for the Art of Translation, September 9, 2009

Twitter Is

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

Twelve Tips to Help You Hang in There and Finish Your Novel
Work-in-Progress blog, April 23, 2009 and First Person Plural, May 13, 2009

Literary Travel Writing

The Writer's Carousel, winter/ spring 2009

Writers' Blogs:
What Works (& What Doesn't)

ForeWord Magazine Blog, Publishing Insider Column, March 25, 2009
Link temporarily down

One Dozen Books for the Novelist's Bookshelf
ForeWord Magazine Blog, Publishing Insider Column, March 11, 2009
Link temporarily down

Ten Tools for Organizing the Novel-in-Progress
ForeWord Magazine Blog, Publishing Insider Column, March 18, 2009

Use an Egg-timer if You Must:
The Five Minute Cure for Writer's Block
ForeWord Magazine Blog, Publishing Insider Column, March 4, 2009
Link temporarily down

Break the Block in Five Minutes
A Writing Life, November 5, 2009

On Publishing the Literary Short Story:
Some Advice & Reflections

Part-Times, (the newsletter of the Johns Hopkins University Part-Time M.A. in Writing Program) 2001; also published in The Writer, winter 2003 and in the American Translators Association Chronicle, winter, 2003

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Home | Essays & Articles | Book Reviews | Short Stories | Poetry | Translations | CDs

Creative Nonfiction / Travel Writing

A Visit to Swan House
Presidio Texas' unique adobe teaching house inspired by the legacy of the great Egyptian architect, Hassan Fathy
From Cenizo Journal.

C.M. Mayo reads for PEN San Miguel, San Miguel de Allende, February 29, 2013 >Listen to the podcast


In Celebration of Literal: Latin American Voices / Voces Latinoamericanas
A talk by C.M. Mayo at the Feria Internacional del Libro, Guadalajara, Mexico, December, 2009 (Madam Mayo Blog)


A Traveler in Mexico: A Rendezvous with Writer Rosemary Sullivan
Inside Mexico, March 2009 Now also available as a free podcast on my "Conversations with Other Writers" page.


From Mexico to Miamar or, Across the Lake of Oblivion
Massachusetts Review, December 2006. Now available as an audio CD (2 CD set) read by the author, and a Kindle edition from Dancing Chiva.
Washington Independent Writers Award for Personal Essay, 2007






The Essential Francisco Sosa, or, Picadou's Mexico City
Creative Nonfiction, Mexican Voices issue, ed. Ilán Stavans, Summer, 2004. Included in the anthology Hurricanes and Carnivals: Essays by Chicano, Pochos, Pachucos, Mexicanos and Expatriates, ed. Lee Gutkind, (University of Arizona Press, 2007). Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism Article, Personal Comment, First Place (Gold), 2005. Washington Independent Writers Award for Personal Essay, 2005

Only Pearls: A Brief History of Pearl Fishing in Baja California
Planeta.com winter 2003. Excerpt from Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007).

Hell, I Knew It was Paradise
The Mexico File, Dec/ Jan 2002-2003.An excerpt from a chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007)
>>Now a podcast

The Visitors / Los Visitantes

Traducción por Bertha Ruiz de la Concha (Tameme, 2002) A bilingual version (English / Spanish side-to-side) of a chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007)

Lay Thine Hand Upon Him
Massachusetts Review, Fall 2002. A chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007).
Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism Article, Environmental Tourism, Third Place (Bronze), November 2003

El Halloween and the Día de Muertos
North American Review, Fall 2002. An excerpt of a slightly dfferent version of a chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007). Included in the anthology Writing the World: On Globalization, eds. David Rothenberg and Wandee J. Pryor, (MIT Press, 2005)

Oceans of Tears

Planeta.com, Fall 2002. Excerpt from Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007).

A Touch of Evil

Fourth Genre, Spring 2002. A chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007) Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism Article, Cultural Journalism, First Place (Gold), November 2003

In the Land of the Clouds
Southwest Review, vol. 87. No.1, 2002. A chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007)

Into the Sierra de San Francisco

Brevity, Winter 2002. An excerpt from a chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007)

Bay of Angels
Southwest Review, Winter 2000. A chapter in Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, (Milkweed Editions, 2007)

Heady Xalapa: Into the Heart of the Veracruz Coffee Country
Business Mexico, March 1999

Underground Art in Lower California
Wall Street Journal, March 5, 1998. Finalist, Texas Institute of Letters' Stanley Walker Award for Best Work of Journalism in a Daily Newspaper, 1998
(Note: the title is not mine; the cave art is not underground.)

Old California, Missions and Murals
Los Angeles Times, April 6, 1997

 Guest-Blog Posts

It's Not Navidad without Piloncillo
Curled Up with a Good Book Blog. December 2010.

The Top 5 of the Tussie-Mussie
Book Drunkard, November 19, 2010

The Story of the Story of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
Girls Just Reading Blog. November 2010.

Haunted Historical Fiction: The Curious Coincidences Concerning Senator Claiborne Pell's Mansion
Hist Fic Chick October 15, 2010.
New: now
a podcast, free on iTunes.

What Connects You to the 1860s?
Beatrice.com

A Book Group Meeting Menu
Reading Group Guides, June 8, 2009

Playlist for The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
Largehearted Boy, "Book Notes," May 27, 2009

VCCA Guest-Blog Post

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Blog, May 5, 2009

Potomac Review Blog

About "The Darling of Rosedale" (from issue 44 of the Potomac Review) the first chapter of the novel, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, guest-blog post, May 5, 2009

My Favorite Bookstore? C.M. Mayo Celebrates a Batch of Bookstores

Red Room Author Blog, November 4, 2009
Other Articles and Guest-Blog Posts (Mostly on Writing)

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

Translator's Toolkit:
One Dozen Tools for Organizing a Translation-in-Progress

Two Words: The Blog of the Center for the Art of Translation, September 9, 2009

Twitter Is

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

Twelve Tips to Help You Hang in There and Finish Your Novel
Work-in-Progress blog, April 23, 2009 and First Person Plural, May 13, 2009

Literary Travel Writing

The Writer's Carousel, winter/ spring 2009

Writers' Blogs:
What Works (& What Doesn't)

ForeWord Magazine Blog, Publishing Insider Column, March 25, 2009
Link temporarily down

One Dozen Books for the Novelist's Bookshelf
ForeWord Magazine Blog, Publishing Insider Column, March 11, 2009
Link temporarily down

Ten Tools for Organizing the Novel-in-Progress
ForeWord Magazine Blog, Publishing Insider Column, March 18, 2009

Use an Egg-timer if You Must:
The Five Minute Cure for Writer's Block
ForeWord Magazine Blog, Publishing Insider Column, March 4, 2009
Link temporarily down

Break the Block in Five Minutes
A Writing Life, November 5, 2009

On Publishing the Literary Short Story:
Some Advice & Reflections

Part-Times, (the newsletter of the Johns Hopkins University Part-Time M.A. in Writing Program) 2001; also published in The Writer, winter 2003 and in the American Translators Association Chronicle, winter, 2003

>More articles for writers here.