Photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, and her husband, writer Matthew P. Mayo, are co-authors of the recently released book Maine Icons: 50 Classic Symbols of the Pine Tree State, published by Globe Pequot Press, May 2011. Maine Icons is a handsome visual tour of Maine that profiles the likely suspects—lobster, blueberries, lighthouses, whoopie pies—plus a whole lot of surprises, too (Raye’s Mustard, Renys, Fog, and so many more!).
Jennifer specializes in photography of fine dining, rural living, and farming in the US, England, Ireland, Italy, and Scotland. Her photographs have appeared in Down East, National Geographic, The New York Times, and others. Her work has been selected for a variety of juried exhibitions and her solo shows include Learning to Grow: In the Garden with Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast, Maine; Futzing with Focus: Images in Motion; and Kelmscott (Rare Breeds) Farm: Through the Seasons. Jennifer is also an instructor and teaches digital imaging and digital photography workshops for the University of Maine and Senior College at the Hutchinson Center.
Matthew is the author of a number of novels and non-fiction books, including Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks; Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears; and the forthcoming Sourdoughs, Claim Jumpers & Dry Gulchers. His novels include the Westerns Winters’ War; Wrong Town; and Hot Lead, Cold Heart, and he contributes to several series of popular adventure novels. His award-winning short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Needle: A Magazine of Noir; DAW Books’ Steampunk’d and Timeshares; How the West Was Weird, Vol. II; Mondo Sasquatch; and A Fistful of Legends. Matthew also edits anthologies and contributes to several magazines as writer and editor.
Jennifer and Matthew and their dear dog Nessie live in Northport in the midcoast region of Maine. They frequently travel west to Montana, and east to England and Ireland. Visit Jennifer at: www.jennifersmithmayo.com; and Matthew at: www.matthewmayo.com.