Marcy Rae Henry

Poet, Fiction Writer

Chicago, IL

Author's Bio

Marcy Rae Henry is a Latina born and raised in Mexican-America/The Borderlands.  While on deferment from Columbia Law School 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 (at times presenting as a boy), she 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. M.R. Henry teaches at a city college in Chicago, where she composes and plays music around town. She has participated in multidisciplinary events, experiments, conferences and festivals across the U.S. and Asia. Her visual art appears in Waxwing, Arkana, The William & Mary Review, Mom Egg Review, Cauldron Anthology and Thimble Magazine.

Publications & Prizes


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New Mexico Review
The Wild Word


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BathHouse Hypermedia Journal
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Cathexis Northwest Press
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Contemporary Verse 2
Damaged Goods
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South Broadway Ghost Society
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Sundog Lit
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World Haiku Review
Writers Resist
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Her fiction received 1st place in Suburbia's Novel Excerpt Contest and was selected as a finalist in Black Lawrence Press' Black River Chapbook Competition, a semi-finalist in the American Short(er) Fiction Contest and longlisted for the Irish Fish Flash Fiction Contest.  Her poetry has received a Pushcart Prize nomination, was a finalist in River Styx's International Poetry Contest, a finalist in Puerto del Sol's annual poetry contest, longlisted for the Disquiet Literary Prize and received Honorable Mention in the New Millennium Writing Awards. Her nonfiction was chosen as a semi-finalist in Black Lawrence Press' Black River Chapbook Competition and shortlisted for Fish’s Memoir Prize. 

Other awards include an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Grant.  Residencies include Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy and The Chicago Cultural Center.





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Latino/Latina/Latinx, LGBTQ
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Pueblo, CO
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Last update: Jul 22, 2022