Marcy Rae Henry is a Latina born and raised in Mexican-America/The Borderlands. In between academic degrees 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 (sometimes posing 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 writing and visual art appear or are forthcoming in The Columbia Review, The Brooklyn Review, PANK, The Southern Review, Epiphany, Superstition Review, Hobart, carte blanche, Writers Resist, Sundog Lit, Rise Up Review, 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, The Chachalaca Review, 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, Table For None (book sales go to Open for Good), South Broadway Ghost Society's Thought For Food Book Fundraiser for Denver Food Rescue.
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 2020 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 piece, '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. Henry's collection of Spanglish stories, Cumbia Therapy, received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and The CTA Chronicles, a collection of (mostly) nonfiction pieces 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.”
M.R. Henry's chapbook We Are Primary Colors is being published by DoubleCross Press and her manuscript Pobre Martir del Destino has been accepted by South Broadway Ghost. She is a digital minimalist with no social media accounts.