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Catherine Mansell Carstens is the author of Las Nuevas Finanzas en México (Editorial Milenio/ IMEF / ITAM, 1992) and Las Finanzas Populares en México (Editorial Milenio / CEMLA / ITAM, 1995). The former, which was a best-seller in Mexico, has been adopted in several Mexican universities as a textbook on international finance. The latter, which is the result of path-breaking research into how low-income Mexicans use credit, savings, and payments services, has been widely influential in Mexican microenterprise policy circles.
In addition to numerous articles on Mexican finance in El Trimestre Económico, Hemisfile, Business Mexico, Este País, and El Economista, among many others, Mansell-Carstens is also editor of Liberalización e Innovación Financiera en los Paises Desarrollados y en Latino América, a collection of papers on financial liberalization and innovation published by the Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinoamericanos.
Mansell Carstens received her BA (`82) and MA (`85) in economics from the University of Chicago. In 1986 she married Agustín Carstens and moved to Mexico City. She was chief economist for the Futures and Options division of Euro American Capital Corp, an offshore subsidiary of Banamex, the first Mexican bank to offer and trade derivatives and later, a full-time professor of economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City, specializing in International Finance and Development Finance.
In 1995 she embarked on a second career as a literary writer and translator with the pen name C.M. Mayo (Mayo being a family name).
As C.M. Mayo she is the author of several works of literary fiction and nonfiction, among them: Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual; an historical novel, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, which was named one of the Best Books of 2009 by Library Journal. She is also author of the widely-lauded travel memoir, Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, and Sky Over El Nido, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.
Founding editor of Tameme, the bilingual Spanish/English) chapbook press, Mayo is also a noted translator of contemporary Mexican poetry and fiction. Among the many Mexican poets and writers she has translated are Araceli Ardón, Agustín Cadena, Mónica Lavín, Rose Mary Salum, Ignacio Solares, and Juan Villoro.
Her anthology of 24 Mexican writers in translation, Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion, was published by Whereabouts Press in March 2006.
Mayo's stories, essays and poems have appeared in numerous U.S. literary magazines including Catamaran Literary Reader, Creative Nonfiction,, Kenyon Review, Literal, North American Review, The Paris Review, and Southwest Review.
Other awards include three Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards and two Washington Independent Writers Awards. She has also been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and (for Sky Over El Nido) fellowships from the writers conferences at Wesleyan, Sewanee, and Bread Loaf.
In 2015 C.M. Mayo delivered the University of Texas El Paso Centennial lecture. In 2017 she received three important awards: She was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters; named an artist-in-residence (for May) at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas; and won the Gival Press Poetry Award for her collection, Meteor, for publication in 2018.
She is currently at work on a collection of literary essays, World Waiting for a Dream: A Turn in Far West Texas.
She is married to economist Agustin Carstens; they live in Mexico City.
Follow C.M. Mayo's updates @cmmayo1 on Twitter and her blog, Madam Mayo. Visit her webage at www.cmmayo.com
Member, Authors Guild; American Literary Translators Association; National Book Critics Circle; Texas Institute of Letters; Women Writing the West.