Mary Anne Mohanraj

601 South Morgan Street (MC 162)
University Hall, Suite 1915
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.413.7593
Fax: 312.413.1005
Curriculum Vitae

Clinical Assistant Professor
Fiction & Creative Nonfiction, Colonial & Postcolonial Literature

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.

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Bodies in Motion
By Mary Anne Mohanraj
Harper Perennial
Published: June 13, 2006
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Silence and the Word
By Mary Anne Mohanraj
Cambridge Lethe Press
Published: May 28, 2004
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Liebessucher, Germany, Rowohlt and Kindler, December 2005 Corpos em Movimento, Brazil, Rocco Publishing, April 2006 Colombo Chicago, France, Buchet Chastel, May 2006 -- more info Las Voces del Monzon, Spain, Grijalbo Mondadori, 2006 Il Sapore del Curry, Italy, Piemme Publishing, 2006 Tela u pokretu, Serbia, February 2007