Mary Anne Mohanraj

Executive Director / Clinical Associate Professor
Speculative Literature Foundation / University of Illinois

Mary Anne Mohanraj is author ofA Feast of Serendib(forthcoming 2020, Mascot Books),Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins),The Stars Change (Circlet Press), andtwelveother titles.Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into sixlanguages.The Stars Change was a finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards.She’s recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose, has received a Locus Award and a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women, and has been Guest of Honor at numerous conventions.

Mohanraj’s other recent publications include stories for George R.R. Martin’sWild Cards anthology series, the SF/F anthologySurvivor(Lethe Press), Invisible 3(co-edited with Jim C. Hines),Perennial: A Garden Romance(Tincture), stories atClarkesworld,Asimov’s, andLightspeed,and an essay in Roxane Gay’sUnruly Bodies.She is currently working with Rad Magpie to develop a video game based on 5th century Sri Lanka:Sigiriya.

Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated and World Fantasy Award-winning speculative literature magazine, Strange Horizons, and served for ten issues as editor-in-chief ofJaggery, a South Asian literary journal (, which she continues to publish (2013-2019). Mohanraj hastaught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is Clinical Associate Professor of fiction and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

She serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit ( and theSpeculative Literature Foundation (, and directs the Kriti Festival of Art and Literature ( She has served on the futurist boards of the XPrize and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, and currently serves on the board of her local garden club and the board of the futurist org, Plurality University. She was elected to local office in 2017 and serves on the Oak Park library board.

Mohanraj lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago,with her partner, Kevin, two children, and assorted animals.

Author Photo Credit: Paul Goyette (2019)