Marcy Rae Henry is a Latina born and raised in Mexican-America/The Borderlands. While on deferment from Columbia Law School she lived in Europe, where she took classes at la Universidad de Granada, and Asia, where she earned certification for Ancient Thai Massage in Kathmandu, Nepal. After riding a motorcycle through Greece, Turkey, Syria and Jordan (at times presenting as a boy), Marcy Rae volunteered for Middle East Peace Process activities in Israel/Palestine. She has 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 studied at the Tushita Meditation Centre and received teachings and initiations from His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.
Henry's fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art appear or are forthcoming in The Columbia Review, The Brooklyn Review, PANK, The Southern Review, Epiphany, Waxwing, The Shore, Superstition Review, Hobart, carte blanche, Writers Resist, Ember Chasm (now Suburbia,) Oyster River Pages, Sundog Lit, Lumiere Review, Panoplyzine, The William and Mary Review, Arkana, Rise Up Review, Palette Poetry, So To Speak: Feminist Journal of Language and Art, Black Coffee Review, BathHouse Journal, Manzano Mountain Review, Mom Egg Review, Channel: an Irish magazine born out of climate crisis, Pretty Owl Poetry, Rogue Agent, Somos en escrito, Pangyrus, Pilgrimage Press, Cauldron Anthology, Another Chicago Magazine, Cathexis Northwest, Contemporary Verse 2, Newcity, Thimble Literary Magazine, The Wild Word, New Mexico Review, The Acentos Review, Beautiful Losers, Flowersong Books: Selena Anthology, Shanghai Literary Review, Chicago Literati, The Chaffey Review, World Haiku Review, Damaged Goods Press/TQ Review: A Journal of Trans & Queer Voices, South Broadway Ghost Society's Thought For Food Book Fundraiser for Denver Food Rescue.
In April 2022 M.R. Henry's poetry was a finalist in River Styx's International Poetry Contest. In October 2021 her Spanglish novel, Cumbia Therapy, won 1st place in Suburbia's Novel Excerpt Contest and, years earlier, received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. In January 2021 her fiction manuscript 'Southwest Stories: A Mexican Wedding and The Magnetic Poles' was chosen as a finalist in Black Lawrence Press' Black River Chapbook Competition and her nonfiction manuscript, 'Eternal September,' based on her motorcycle travels through the Middle East, was chosen as a semi-finalist. In November 2020 one of her poems was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In July 2020 her poem 'Years that ask questions,' inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, received honorable mention in the New Millennium Writing Awards. The title is a nod to Zora Neale Hurston. In April 2020 her poem '8th Day' was selected by Rodney Gómez as a finalist in Puerto del Sol's annual poetry contest. In March 2020 some of her poems were longlisted for the Disquiet Literary Prize. In January 2020 her apocalyptic story, 'Come, my friends, ’tis not too late to seek a newer world,' received Honorable Mention in the New Millennium Writing Awards. The title is a line from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem, “Ulysses.” In 2018, the story 'The Letter' was a semi-finalist in the American Short(er) Fiction Contest. In 2016 the story, 'To Dao,' was longlisted for the Irish Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Contest and another piece, 'Space and Place,' was shortlisted for their 2014 Memoir Prize. The CTA Chronicles, a collection of fiction, nonfiction and haiku about Chicago's CTA received a City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Grant. Of the latter, Audrey Niffenegger says, “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.”
Henry's residencies include Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy and The Chicago Cultural Center. She has participated in multidisciplinary events, experiments, conferences and festivals across the U.S. and Asia and is based in Chicago, where she composes and plays music in local venues. Her chapbook We Are Primary Colors is being published by DoubleCross Press and her manuscript Pobre Mártir del Destino has been accepted by South Broadway Ghost. She is a digital minimalist with no social media accounts and is listed at Poets&Writers.