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 and visual art appears in Beautiful Losers, The Acentos Review, World Haiku Review, Chicago Literati, The Chaffey Review, Shanghai Literary Review, Damaged Goods Press/TQ Review: A Journal of Trans & Queer Voices, New Mexico Review, Thimble Literary Magazine and The Wild Word. In Spring 2018 one of her short stories was a semi-finalist for the American Short(er) Fiction Contest. In 2019 one of her stories was a notable entry in the Luso-American Fellowship competition and 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 Spanglish stories, captured an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and is being published piecemeal.
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.