Mary Anne Mohanraj, Speculative Literature Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Creative writing for science fiction, fantasy, and horror literature

CONTACT: director@speclit.org, mohanraj@uic.edu, 312-413-7593

PROFILE: Mary Anne Mohanraj is the founder and director of the Speculative Literature Foundation.

Her professional bio shares:

Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins), The Stars Change (Circlet Press) and ten other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. The Stars Change is a Lambda and Rainbow Award-finalist science fiction novella. Previous titles include Aqua Erotica and Wet (two anthologies edited for Random House), Kathryn in the City and The Classics Professor (two erotic choose-your-own-adventure novels, Penguin), The Best of Strange HorizonsWithout a Map, (Aqueduct Press, a collection co-authored with Nnedi Okorafor), The Poet’s Journey (picture book), and A Taste of Serendib (a Sri Lankan cookbook).
Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and serves as editor-in-chief of Jaggery, a South Asian literary journal (jaggerylit.com). She received a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work in Asian American arts organizing, won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon and Maneki Neko Con. She serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit (desilit.org) and the Speculative Literature Foundation (speclit.org), and directs the Kriti Festival of South Asian arts and literature (kritifestival.org).
Mohanraj has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is Clinical Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mohanraj lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her husband, their two small children, and a sweet dog.

The UIC Department of English, where she has worked as a clinical assistant professor, shares the following information about Mohanraj:

Mary Anne Mohanraj is the author of Bodies in Motion, a Sri Lankan-American novel-in-stories (HarperCollins) and nine other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards and has been translated into six languages. It was recently selected for the One Book, One Truman program at Truman College.

Mohanraj was recipient of a 2009 Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for Asian American arts organizing. She has also received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose, a Neff Fellowship in English, a Steffenson-Canon Fellowship in the Humanities, and the Scowcroft Prize for Fiction.

Mohanraj serves as Associate Coordinator of Asian and Asian American Studies at UIC, and as Executive Director of both DesiLit, an arts organization supporting S. Asian and diaspora literature, and the SLF, an arts organization supporting speculative fiction.

Visit her website at maryannemohanraj.com.