Meet the Members: C.M. Mayo

“It’s very encouraging that there are so many writers in Texas, and so many opportunities to learn from one another.”

— C.M. Mayo

A member of the Writers’ League since September, C.M. is between a lot of places right now but her forwarding service is in Wichita Falls, TX.

Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?

C.M. Mayo: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. 

Scribe: What author would you most like to have a drink with, and what’s the first question you would ask them? 

CMM: Edith Wharton. I’d ask her about her dogs. 

Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?

CMM: Tolstoy’s War and Peace. That would do for about a month. That’s my max for deserted islands.

Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?

CMM: That I wish I lived in Austin! But seriously, it’s very encouraging that there are so many writers in Texas, and so many opportunities to learn from one another.

Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?

CMM: I’m going deep into questions about Texas in the book I’ve been working on for a while, tentatively titled World Waiting for a Dream: A Turn in Far West Texas. I see myself finishing it, then moving on to complete a collection of essays, many of them about Mexico and the US-Mexico borderlands–– a part of the world that has absorbed me for many years, in fact, most of my books to date. For me, writing is at once a journey towards understanding and play, pure play. Any day I can get some writing done is a very good day. 

Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?

CMM: I found Ty Cashion’s Lone Star Mind: Reimagining Texas History, at once fascinating, thought-provoking, and mega-crunchy––and by the way, it combines well, like a good wine with a good cheese, with Lawrence Wright’s God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State.

Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion! 

CMM: My latest book, Meteor, won the Gival Press Award for Poetry. My blog, Madam Mayo, posts every Monday, the second Monday of every month being dedicated to my writing workshop students and anyone else interested in creative writing. And I invite you to listen in anytime at to the Marfa Mondays Podcasting Project, with 20 of 24 projected podcasts to date.

Thank you, C.M.!

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