Crystal D. Mayo is a Native New Yorker, an actress and storyteller. Her repertoire of writing spans from memoirs and poetry to children’s literature. Her literary contributions have been published in the Bronx Memoir Project Volumes 3, 4, and 5 III, IV and V. She most recently performed one of her memoirs entitled, "Teaching Me A Lesson" at the Caveat theater in NYC with the Generation Women ensemble. Additional anthologies she is a contributor to, are, The African Voices tribute to (en·tuh·zaa·kee shaang·gay ) Ntozake Shange and Our Voices Our Stories, an anthology of Writings Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color through the National Girls and Women of Council Inc. Crystal’s latest memoir, Wicked Blues is featured in the Connecticut Literary Anthology 2021.
Crystal holds a Masters in elementary education and is the founder and artistic director of My Daughter My Legacy. This entrepreneur’s mission statement is to empower youth to discover their voice and vision through literacy and the arts. She teaches students how to write and perform spoken word in addition to creating collaborative performance pieces.
When Crystal is not writing she serves as a mentor for the New York based organization, Girls Write Now, and can be seen performing her latest spoken word and writing prompts on the virtual mic stage of the NYC Writers Coalition.