Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj is Sri Lankan American 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.  The Stars Change is a science fiction novella, and finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards.  Previous titles include Aqua Erotica,WetKathryn in the CityThe Classics ProfessorThe Best of Strange HorizonsWithout a MapThe Poet’s Journey, and A Taste of Serendib (a Sri Lankan cookbook).  Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010.  She serves as Executive Director of the Speculative Literature Foundation (, has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is Clinical Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


The Stars Change, Circlet Press, 2013

Without a Map, with Nnedi Okorafor, Aqueduct Press, 2010

The Poet's Journey, Serendib Press, 2008

Bodies in Motion, HarperCollins, hardcover 2005 hardcover, (also translated editions in France, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Germany, and Serbia), paperback 2006

Silence and the Word, fiction and poetry, Lethe Press, 2004

A Taste of Serendib:  A Sri Lankan Cookbook, Lethe Press, 2003

The Best of Strange Horizons: Year One, ed., Lethe Press, 2003

Kathryn in the City, Penguin, 2003

The Classics Professor, Penguin, 2003

Wet, Random House, Crown, ed. 2002

Aqua Erotica, ed., Random House, Crown, 2000

Torn Shapes of Desire, IAM, 1997

The rest of the bibliography:

Awards and Memberships

2014    The Stars Change nominated for a Lambda Award, a Best Bisexual Book Award, and a Rainbow Award

Guest of Honor, BECAUSE conference (Minneapolis, MN)

Guest of Honor, Maneki Neko Con (Matheson, IL)

2013    Strange Horizons and Queer Dig Time Lords (containing an essay of mine) nominated for Hugo Awards

2013    Ragdale Residency

2013    Named a Wednesday Geek Woman by, for contributions in the overlapping areas of online writing, speculative fiction, and feminism

2012    Illinois Arts Council professional development grant

2012    Ragdale Residency

2010    Bodies in Motion selected for One Book, One Truman program

2010    Guest of Honor, WisCon (feminist speculative literature convention)

2009    Received Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for Asian American arts organizing

2007    Finalist, Prose/Poetry:  Asian American Book Awards

2006    Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose

2005    Bodies in Motion named a USA Today Notable Book

2005    Strange Horizons nominated for a Hugo Award

2002    Steffenson-Canon Fellowship in the Humanities

2002    Strange Horizons nominated for a Hugo Award

2001    Scowcroft Prize for Fiction

2001    Neff Fellowship in English

Contact Member