Marcy Rae Henry is a Latina born and raised in Mexican-America/The Borderlands. 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 appear or are forthcoming in The Columbia Review, The Brooklyn Review, PANK, The Southern Review, Epiphany, Superstition Review, Hobart, Writers Resist, Sundog Lit, Rise Up Review, Black Coffee Review, BathHouse Journal, Manzano Mountain Review, Channel: an Irish magazine born out of climate crisis, Pretty Owl Poetry, Rogue Agent, Pangyrus, Pilgrimage Press, 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, Shanghai Literary Review, World Haiku Review, Chicago Literati, The Chaffey Review, Damaged Goods Press/TQ Review: A Journal of Trans & Queer Voices, Table For None (all book sales go to OPEN FOR GOOD), South Broadway Ghost Society's Thought For Food Book Fundraiser for Denver Food Rescue.
Her chapbook, currently titled We Are Primary Colors, is being published by DoubleCross Press.
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 chose as a semi-finalist. In November 2020 one of her poems was nominated for for the 2020 Pushcart Prize. In July 2020 her poem 'Years that ask questions,' inspired by BLM, 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 is a digital minimalist and cannot be found on social media.