Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj is the author of the science fiction novella, The Stars Change (finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards), the linked story collection, Bodies in Motion, and eleven other titles.  Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian-American Book Awards and has been translated into six languages.  Other recent publications include the collection Without a Map (Aqueduct Press, co-authored with Nnedi Okorafor), the short story “Communion,” published in Clarkesworld, two short stories for George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series, and essays in Queers Dig Time Lords and Chicks Dig Gaming. Mohanraj teaches creative writing, pop culture, and post-colonial literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago; she also taught at the Clarion science fiction and fantasy workshop in 2008.  She is a graduate of Clarion West, and holds an MFA and a Ph.D. in creative writing. 

Mohanraj founded and served as editor-in-chief from 2000 - 2003 for Strange Horizons, a Hugo-nominated speculative fiction magazine ( Mohanraj currently serves as Director of the Speculative Literature Foundation (, which offers a variety of grants and resources for science fiction and fantasy writers and readers. Mohanraj lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her partner, Kevin, their two small children, and a sweet dog.