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 has appeared in World Haiku Review, Chicago Literati, The Chaffey Review, Shanghai Literary Review, Beautiful Losers, Damaged Goods Press: TQ Review: A Journal of Trans & Queer Voices, and The Acentos Review. A holiday crime story of sorts is forthcoming in Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature and Art and a Spanglish story from Cumbia Therapy is forthcoming in the New Mexico Review. In Spring 2018 one of her short stories was a semi-finalist for the American Short(er) Fiction Contest. In 2016 one of her pieces of flash fiction was long-listed for the Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Contest in Ireland. Her 2006 publication, 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.” Cumbia Therapy, Henry's collection of stories captured an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, but remains unpublished in its entirety. One of its stories can be read via the online Latinx publication, The Acentos Review and another will soon be available in the upcoming issue of the New Mexico Review.
Ms. M. R. Henry is currently seeking publication of two novellas: And as they watched her ride naked they were suddenly struck blind and Soles Cracked from Sun and Snow. She is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts at Harold Washington College Chicago where, for the last few years, she served as Chair for the Committee for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality.