Mary Anne Mohanraj

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Mary Anne Mohanraj is the author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins), The Stars Change (Circlet Press) and twelve 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. Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated science fiction magazine, Strange Horizons, and founded Jaggery, a South Asian literary journal ( 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. She serves as Director of two literary organizations, DesiLit ( and The Speculative Literature Foundation ( Mohanraj is Clinical Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her partner, their two small children, and a sweet dog. Recent publications include stories for George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards series, stories at Clarkesworld, Asimov's, and Lightspeed, and an essay in Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies. 2017-2018 titles include Survivor (a SF/F anthology), Perennial, and Invisible 3 (co-edited with Jim C. Hines).

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Lady Distressed

Published Apr 1, 2019 · 2,906 words (11 minutes) · 34 views

Literary Fiction

Why in the world had she agreed to accompany Matthew to this insane asylum, where these refugees from the real world pranced and danced and pretended they had been born centuries earlier?


Goddess Blessing

Published Apr 1, 2019 · 1,287 words (5 minutes) · 39 views

Literary Fiction Romance

It had been over 20 years since she’d last seen Raji, and her letters had all gone unanswered. Until today.


The Girl Behind the Fantasy

Published Feb 28, 2019 · 1,606 words (6 minutes) · 62 views

'I am a fantasy, and I can be whatever your heart desires ...'


A Jewel of a Woman

Published Feb 28, 2019 · 795 words (3 minutes) · 54 views

What do you think about ... ?


The Survey

Published Feb 21, 2019 · 1,349 words (5 minutes) · 48 views

Five bucks for answering the question; fifty for the long form ...



Published Feb 20, 2019 · 1,769 words (7 minutes) · 68 views


Johnny's Story

Published Feb 20, 2019 · 1,788 words (7 minutes) · 62 views


Esthely Blue

Published Feb 20, 2019 · 4,444 words (17 minutes) · 52 views


Body parts keep disappearing at the most inopportune times ... my own, that is!


Seven Cups of Water

Published Dec 18, 2018 · 6,230 words (23 minutes) · 115 views

Literary Fiction

Erotic Fiction


Minal in the Winter

Published Dec 18, 2018 · 5,499 words (20 minutes) · 104 views

Literary Fiction Love