Marcy Rae Henry is a Latina born and raised in Mexican-America/The Borderlands and she cannot be found on social media. Before moving to Chicago 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 Epiphany, Black Coffee Review, Pretty Owl Poetry, Rogue Agent, Mana Contemporary, Another Chicago Magazine, Hobart, Cathexis Northwest, Contemporary Verse 2, 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. 

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, her story 'The Letter' was a semi-finalist in the American Short(er)Fiction Contest. In 2016 her piece 'To Dao' was longlisted for the Irish Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Contest. Back in the day, as they say, Henry's collection of Spanglish stories received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and  a collection of (mostly) nonfiction 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.”

Ms. M. R. Henry is an associate producer of the Damisi Multi film, One Day, that includes part of her sci-fi story, 'Application for inclusion in The 5th Golden Records of Greater American History.'  She teaches Humanities and Fine Arts at Harold Washington College Chicago.  And she is working on a collection of poems and two novellas.


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