award-winning literary essayist, novelist, poet, and translator,
C.M. Mayo has been living in and
writing about Mexico for over 25 years.
She is also the author several other books about Mexico, including
Prince of the Mexican Empire, an historical novel based
on a true story. Named
a best book of 2009 by Library Journal, that novel was
widely lauded as in the words of the Austin-American
Statesman "a swashbuckling, riotous good
time, befitting the fairy-tale promise of the opening sentence."
Nonetheless, it is based on extensive original archival research,
and she has lectured widely about it at the
Congress, the Center for U.S. Mexican Studies at UCSD, the
Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas Austin, and elsewhere.
The Spanish translation by Mexican novelist and poet, Agustín
Cadena, was published by Random House Mondadori Grijalbo
último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano in
Her previous book, Miraculous Air, is a travel
memoir, rich with research and original interviews, of Mexico's
Baja California peninsula, from Los Cabos to Tijuana. Her first
book, Sky Over El Nido,
won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.
Mayo's translations of Mexican contemporary
literature have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies,
most recently, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary
Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic (Small Beer Press)
and Best Contemporary Mexican Fiction (Dalkey Archive).
Her own anthology, of 24 Mexican writers, is Mexico:
A Traveler's Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press).
Born in El Paso, Texas, raised in California, she was educated
at the University of Chicago. She has been a resident of Mexico
City for over 20 years. She is currently at work on a book about
the Big Bend region of Far West Texas, and apropos of that, hosting
the Marfa Mondays Podcasting
C.M. Mayo's professional affiliations
Literary Translators Association
Center for Big
Bend Studies (Lifetime member)
Book Critics Circle
Institute of Letters
Writing the West