Author of Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution, etc.


"Dispatch from the Sister Republic or, Papelito Habla" a longform essay about the Mexican literary landscape and the power of the book.

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Prologue to the book by Luis Reed Torres, El Libertador sin Patria
Reconsidering Agustín de Iturbide and the question of what it means to be Mexican. Read the prologue in English or in Spanish.

Tulpa Max or, Notes on the Afterlife of a Resurrection
An essay about the consequences of writing a novel with a character based on Maximilian von Habsburg. In both English (Catamaran Literary Reader, summer 2017) and Spanish (Letras Libres, junio de 2017).

A Visit to the Casa de la Primera Imprenta, Mexico City
An excerpt from a longer forthcoming essay, "Disptach from the Sister Republic or, Papelito Habla." Madam Mayo blog, April 3, 2017.

What the Muse Sent Me About the Tenth Muse, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
An excerpt from a longer forthcoming essay, "Disptach from the Sister Republic or, Papelito Habla." Madam Mayo blog, March 20, 2017.

The Secret Book by Francisco I. Madero, Leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution
Edited and expanded transcript of presentation for the panel on the Mexican Revolution, Center for Big Bend Studies Conference, Sul Ross State University, November 2016

On Writing About Mexico: Secrets and Surprises.
Transcript of my Centennial Lecture for the University of Texas El Paso. October 7, 2015.

Why Translate? The Case of the President of Mexico's Secret Book
Transcript of my talk for the annual conference of the American Literary Translators Association, Milkwaukee, Wisconsin, November 15, 2014

Translating Across the Border
Transcript of my talk for the panel "Translating the Other Side," American Literary Translators Association, Tucson, Arizona, October 30, 2015.

And now for something esoteric and yet vital to understanding the Mexican Revolution...
Excerpts from Spiritist Manual, the secret book by Francisco I. Madero, Mexico's "Apostle of Democracy," leader of the 1910 Mexican Revolution, and President of Mexico from 1911-1913.

To Remember, to Understand: On Researching and Writing The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire.
Transcript of my keynote for the Board of Directors meeting of the Harry Ransom Center University of texas Austin, April 22, 2010.
Bahía de los Angeles: Bay of Angels: a complete chapter from Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico by C.M. Mayo (originally published in Southwest Review).

Tijuana: A Touch of Evil: complete chapter from Miraculous Air, originally published in Fourth Genre, winner of the Lowell Thomas Award for Best Cultural Tourism article.

For an introduction to Mexican literature: The complete preface to C.M. Mayo's Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion, a portrait of Mexico in a collection of 24 Mexican writers on Mexico— many translated for the first time, including Agustín Cadena's short story, "Lady of the Seas." (also available to read on-line).

Book reviews by C.M. Mayo
Reviews include Sergio Tronoco's Crossing Borders, Sam Quinones' True Tales from Another Mexico, and Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan's The Prison Angel.

Reader's Guide to The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, by C.M. Mayo, an epic novel based on the true story of Agustín de Iturbide y Green in the court of Maximilian von Habsburg. Named a Library Journal Best Book of 2009.

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
An article by C.M. Mayo originally published in Inside Mexico, March 2009.

The Essential Francisco Sosa or, Picadou's Mexico City, an award-winning long essay originally published in Creative Nonfiction, now available as a CD from CDBaby.

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