Marcy Rae Henry is a Latina born and raised in Mexican-America/The Borderlands. She is a resister, a performance artist, a nationally and internationally published writer and a mediocre musician with no social media accounts. Before moving to Chicago, where she now lives, she traveled extensively, riding a motorcycle through Greece, Turkey, Syria and Jordan (sometimes posing as a boy) and stopping to study various subjects and to volunteer for Middle East Peace Process activities and organizations in Israel/Palestine. She earned certification for Ancient Thai Massage in Kathmandu, Nepal and studied Buddhism in centers from Bodhi Manda Zen Center in Jemez, New Mexico to Chanmyay Yeiktha in Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar), The November Retreat at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal and El Centro de Meditación de Vilcabamba, Ecuador. In India, where she lived for a couple of years, she received teachings and initiations from His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.
Marcy Rae's writing and visual art appears or is forthcoming in Chicago's Newcity, FlowerSong Books' Selena Anthology, Thimble Literary Magazine, The Wild Word, New Mexico Review, The Acentos Review, Beautiful Losers, Shanghai Literary Review, World Haiku Review, Chicago Literati, The Chaffey Review, and Damaged Goods Press/TQ Review: A Journal of Trans & Queer Voices. One of her pieces is featured on Litro Lab's UK Podcast and she and her neighbor, Amber Gray, are featured on Glittership's podcast reading a story neither of them wrote. In 2018, one of Marcy's stories was a semi-finalist in the American Short(er)Fiction Contest. In 2016, another story was longlisted for the Irish Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Contest. Cumbia Therapy, Henry's collection of Spanglish stories, received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and is being published piecemeal. The CTA Chronicles received a City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Grant and, according to Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, “Henry has written the true Chicago, the true El, stuffed with humans, source of strange encounters and disturbing memories. Her gorgeous writing captures the transience and the beauty of the city.”
Ms. M. R. Henry is an associate producer of the Damisi Multi film One Day, that includes of part of her sci-fi story, 'Application for inclusion in The 5th Golden Records of Greater American History.' She recently received a Luso-American Fellowship to attend “Writing The Luso Experience” in Lisbon, Portugal and is seeking publication of two novellas: And as they watched her ride naked they were suddenly struck blind and Soles Cracked from Sun and Snow. Henry is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts at Harold Washington College Chicago.