News & Events

forthcoming: “Silence and the Word,” eX Libris: Writings on Erotic Writing, and Erotic Writings on Writing, Circlet Press

forthcoming 2017, Perennial:  A Garden Romance

forthcoming 2017, A Taste of Serendib:  2nd Edition

forthcoming September 2017, Survivor:  an anthology of SF/F stories about trauma

May 2,  2017:  Tuesday Funk, Chicago, 7 p.m.

April 27 – 30:  Paradise Lost Writer’s Workshop and Retreat, San Antonio

Friday April 21, 8-9 p.m.:  Panel for C2E2: “More Than Just Sidekicks: Expanding Visibility for Asian American Creators and Characters in Comics,” Chicago

April 4, 2017:  Library Board election

March 23 – 26, 2017:  ICFA reading, Orlando

“From Oak Park to D.C.,” Wednesday Journal, February 1, 2017

January 2017: Jaggery #9, Winter 2017

January – December 2017:  Regular guest on Writing Excuses podcast

December 2016:  “Carrie Fisher and Leia:  A Legacy of Strength,” Legacy.com

November 2016:  Decided to run for office in Oak Park — library board trustee

September 2016: “This is Our Work,” a Star Trek tribute essay, Uncanny Magazine

October 2016: “Plea,” Lightspeed (won a Sippy Award in January 2017)

June 2016:  “Firestarter,” Myriad Lands, Guardbridge Books

July 2016:  “Webs,” Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

March 2016:  Panelist, “The Anthology in the Classroom,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

March 18, 2016:  Smart Bitches review of The Stars Change

January 26, 2016:  Lake Forest College reading:  there’s a student open mic beforehand — my portion starts at about 35 minutes in.

January 4, 2016:  WisCon Chronicles 9: Intersections and Alliances, which I edited, made the longlist for the BSFA (British Science Fiction Awards) in the nonfiction category

December 2015:  “Eggplant and Unicorns,” Queers Destroy Fantasy!

November 2015:  Reading with Nancy Hightower and Sandy Marchetti, The Bourgeois Pig, Chicago

September 2015:  “Communion” selected for John Joseph Adams’ Notable stories list, a compilation of 80 stories recommended for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy.

May 12-15, 2015: Nebula Awards weekend panels, “Diversity in Short Fiction,” “Editing Diversity,” “Colonialism, Cultural Appropriation and Fairy Tales”

May 2015: WisCon Chronicles 9: Intersections and Alliances, editor, Aqueduct Press.

April 25, 2015: “Yellow Fever, Yellow Peril and the Yellow Ranger: Asian Americans in Geek Culture & History,” C2E2, Chicago.

April 7, 7:30 p.m., Reading at Tuesday Funk, Hopleaf, Chicago

April 2015: “The Devouring Night,” Truancy 1

April 2015: “Learning the Hour,” poem in United Nations SRC Society of Writers anthology in honour of the International Day of Happiness 2015

March 26, 2015, “Don’t You Want to Be Normal,” essay, DAME Magazine and Salon

March 27 – 29, 2015: Guest at AnomalyCon, Denver

March 18 – 22, 2015: Guest at ICFA, Orlando

March 6-8, 2015: Guest at FogCon, Bay Area

March 3, 2015: “Breaking the Barrier: South Asia Speaks,” Samsara post-play panel discussion, Silk Road Theatre, Chicago.

March 2015: “Jump Space,” How to Live on Other Planets, Upper Rubber Boot Books

December 18, 2014: “Communion,” selected for Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction 32

November 13, 2014, 7 p.m.: Writers Read! at the Oak Park Public Library

November 11, 2014: “Refuge,” Chicks Dig Gaming, Mad Norwegian Press

November 6-9, 2014: Guest at World Fantasy Convention, D.C.

November 4, 2014:  “Ties that Bind,” Lowball, Tor.

November 2014: “At the Gates of the City,” Unconventional Fantasy, A Celebration of Forty Years of the World Fantasy Convention

October 14, 2014, 7 p.m.: Panel discussion on contemporary trends in fantasy literature, at the Rare Books Room of the Founders Memorial Libraryin DeKalb.

October 6, 2014: “Top Ten Quotes From the Kriti Festival,”Brown Girl Magazine

October 6, 2014: “Kriti Festival Rocks South Asian Arts in Chicago,” The Aerogram

October 6, 2014: The Stars Change named a finalist for the Rainbow Awards, in the category of Best Bisexual Fiction.

October 3-5, 2014: Guest of Honor at Maneki Neko Con, Matteson, IL.

September 25 – 28, 2014: Director, 4th Kriti Festival, Chicago, IL

August 14 – 18, 2014: LonCon, London, U.K.

July 13, 2014: “Turn Your Backyard Into a Magical Fairyland,” xoJane

July 10, 2014: a review of “Communion” by A.C. Wise in SF Signal on Women to Read

June 21, 2014: “How to Throw a Frozen Party,” xoJane

June 14, 2014: “Communion,” published in Clarkesworld

June 8, 2014: “How to Design and Print Your Own Scarf, Starting from Zero,” xoJane

June 6-8, 2014: BECAUSE conference (Minneapolis)

May 2014: “Why I Stopped Hiding My Grey,” Salon

May 23 – 26, 2014: WisCon conference (Madison). Panels: “Class in the Works of Hiromi Goto,” “Damsels of Color,” “Cultural Appropriation:  Non-Western Viewpoints,” “Where Have All the Bisexuals Gone?” & “Maps of Desire” (reading)

May 14, 2014: Lambda reading, Sulzer library; In One Ear featured reader, Heartland Cafe (Chicago)

April 2014: Interview, Words Apart

April 25-27, 2014: C2E2 conference, “Opening the Clubhouse Doors: Creating More Inclusive Geek Communities” (Chicago)

April 2014: Queers Dig Time Lords nominated for a 2014 Hugo Award for Best Related Work

April 2014: The Stars Change named a finalist for the Bisexual Book Awards, in the Speculative Fiction category

April 13, 2014:  Panelist, Brahman/i (Silk Road intersexuality play)

March 19-23, 2014: ICFA conference (Orlando), reading

March 22, 2014:  Interviewed for Skiffy / Fanty podcast

March 7-9, 2014: FogCon conference (Walnut Creek, CA), “Manic Pixie” panel, “Lascivious Feminist Book Club,” “Do Pessimists Dream of Dystopian Sheep?”, reading

early March, 2014: “Silence and the Word” performed as part of Yoni ki Baat’s “Best Of” 10th anniversary performance (San Francisco, CA)

March 2014: The Stars Change nominated for a Lambda Award (science fiction)

February 7-9, 2014: CapriCon conference, “Aging Your Characters,” “Characters Beyond Recognition,” “A Story and a History” (Chicago)

January 24, 2014:  “The Immigrant” in Short & Sweet, Perera Hussein Press, Sri Lanka

January 8-9, 2014: SALA conference (Chicago), reading at Hamara Mushaira

December 23, 2013: Audiobook of Silence and the Word released

December 19, 2013: Interviewed in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Vitae” section re: Shannon Gibney’s case and the difficulties we have as teachers working with controversial material.

December 19, 2013: Audiobook of Torn Shapes of Desire released

December 2013:  “Hunting for Mangoes” in The Vampire Umpire and Other Stories for Children, Perera Hussein Press, Sri Lanka

December 11, 2013: Audiobook of The Stars Change released

December 6, 2013: Review of The Stars Change at Tor.com

December 1, 2013: Review of The Stars Change at Ideomancer

November 8, 2013: launch party for Jaggery: A Magazine of South Asian and Diaspora Literature, 6-8 p.m., Powell’s at Halsted, Chicago (I’m editor-in-chief and publisher)

November 8, 2013: On NPR’s The Afternoon Shift with Niala Boodhoo, at 2 p.m., talking about Jaggery

November 7, 2013: Writers Read! Local author reading at Oak Park main library

November 2013:  The Stars Change (Circlet Press)

October 17, 2013: Reading, Subcontinental Drift, at The Joynt, 8 p.m.

October 14, 2013: Co-host Asian American Studies Mixer, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., UIC Library

October 2013: Interview, Words Apart

September 24, 2013: “Kali” released in Best of Best Women’s Erotica in audiobook edition

September 20, 2013:  Host Q&A, Chicago South Asian Film Festival, for the Sinhalese Sri Lankan film, Thanha Rathi Ranga.

September 11, 2013: Interview at The Boook Cellar Cafe, Chicago, as part of Ask the Impossible book tour

August 2013:  WorldCon, San Antonio:  Feminist Rewritings of the Ramayana and the Matter of Britain: Differences in Approach and Execution (paper presentation)

July 2013:  Speaker, Chicago, Asian American Journalists’ Association

June 2013:  “Seven Ways of Looking at Captain Jack,” essay co-authored with Jed Hartman, Queers Dig Time Lords, Mad Norwegian Press.

June 2013:  APALA President’s Program at American Library Association:  Pushing the Boundaries: LGBTQ Presentation and Representation of/by Asian/Pacific American Writers (panel moderator)

May 2013: “Birthstones,” Out! Stories from the New Queer India, published by Queer Ink, India.

May 2013: 2MTL 309 podcast: Meet the Editors and Writers of “Queers Dig Time Lords”

May 2013: Named a Wednesday Geek Woman by GeekFeminism.org, for contributions in the overlapping areas of online writing, speculative fiction, and feminism: http://geekfeminism.org/2013/05/22/wednesday-geek-woman-mary-anne-mohanraj-author-editor-and-blogging-pioneer/

May 2013: WisCon, Madison: Queers Dig Time Lords (panel), Queers Dig Time Lords (reading), Changing Face of Fiction: Diversity and Backlash, Fear and Masculinity in SF/F, A Radical Queer Agenda , Passing: Self-Care and Embracing Who You Are

March 2013:  ICFA, Florida:  Feminist Rewritings of the Ramayana and the Matter of Britain: Differences in Approach and Execution (paper presentation)

March 2013:  Strange Horizons (magazine I founded in 2000, and ran from 2000 – 2012) nominated for a Hugo Award.

January 2013:  “The Princess in the Forest” reviewed in Cascadia Subduction Zone.

January 2013:  English department colloquium, from Arbitrary Passions (memoir-in-progress)

2013: “Monsoon Day,” Across the Spectrum, Book View Cafe

December 2012:  Received Illinois Arts Council professional development grant.

December 2012: “As We Wait to Learn Their Names,” “The Monday After,” “Four Days After the Shooting,” (poems), Northeast Review, India.

November 22, 2012: NonfictioNow Conference, “Diaspora: Centering the Margins,” Melbourne

November 11, 2012:  “Gender Parity on Panels,” WindyCon, Lombard, IL

November 2012:  “The Princess in the Forest,” Breaking the Bow, Zubaan Books

November 2012:  Melbourne, NonfictionNow Conference:  Diaspora: Centering the Margins (panel chair)

October 8, 2012: UIC Brown Bag Lecture Series, Chicago

October 2012:  Asian American Studies brown bag lecture series, from Arbitrary Passions (memoir-in-progress)

September 21, 2012: University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley & INDUS of Fox Valley South Asian literature conference; panelist and reader, Wisconsin

August 2012: WorldCon Chicago: Author Reading, Wild Cards Panel, Presentation:  Kickstart Your Way to Self-Publishing, Finding Minorities Panel (moderator), Clarion Call Panel, Making a More Universal WorldCon Panel, LGBTQ in SF&F Panel

April 24, 2012: “Sanctuary,” Fort Freak, Tor.

April 2012:  “Geek Girls and the Artist” — C2E2, Chicago

April 11, 2012: Sri Lanka Reporter article on Samadhana Benefit Reading

April 3, 2012: April Funk reading, Chicago

March 22, 2012:  Samadhana Benefit Reading Series, Toronto

March 15, 2012:  Gumbo Fiction Salon, Chicago

March 6, 2012:  Homolatte, Chicago

February 2012:  “What’s Wrong With Being Popular?,” AWP, Chicago

January 2012: “The Marrying Kind,” Alchemy, Tranquebar / Westland

July 2011:  “Writing for Radicals,” “When Someone You Love Fails,” and a reading, ThinkGalacticon, Chicago

February 2011:  “What Women Don’t Write When We Write About Sex,” AWP, D.C.

February 2011:  Panelist & Reading, Capricon, Chicago

January 29, 2011:  Panelist, South Asians in the Media, SAJA (South Asian Journalists Association), Chicago

November 2010:  Panelist, WindyCon, Chicago

September 16, 2010: Reading, Subcontinental Drift, Chicago

August 14, 2010:  Reading, Uncalled-For Readings, Chicago

June 19, 2010: SE Wisconsin Festival of Books, Waukesha

May 27-31 , 2010, Guest of Honor, WisCon

April 28: Minal Hajratwala Talk, UIC

April 24: Keynote speaker, LUCES Women of Color Conference, Loyola University, Chicago

April 21: ASAM Knowledge Bowl, UIC

April 17, 1-3 p.m.: Oak Park Main Library, local author booksigning

April 10, 10:30 a.m., AWP Conference, Denver, chairing panel: “From Bombs to Bindis: Trends and Tensions in S. Asian Diaspora Writing”

April 9, 6:30: Joint reading (with Roohi Choudhry, Summi Kaipa, Ramola D, and Minal Hajratwala), Highlands Ranch Library, near Denver, CO

April 7, 12:00 – 1:30; Northwestern Colloquium on Ethnicity and Diaspora, talk centering on work-in-progress Arbitrary Passions

March 15, 2010: Rinku Sen Talk, UIC

March 3, 2010, 2-4 p.m., talk at Truman College

Febuary 22, 2010: AsAm Faculty / Grad Student Mixer, UIC

Winter 2010, Bodies in Motion selected for One Book, One Truman program; entire college encouraged to read my book!

January 31, 2010, sold story “Talking to Elephants to Abyss & Apex Magazine

January 23, 2010, Kalakranti performance

2010, “Wild Roses,” Mammoth Book of Threesomes and Moresomes

September 24, 2009, had son! Anandan Mohan McLeod Whyte. 7 lbs, 6.5 oz.

August 2009, started new position as Assistant Director of Asian and Asian-American Studies, UIC (in addition to Clinical Assistant Professor position in English department)

June 11 – 14, 2009: 3rd Biennial Kriti Festival, Chicago

April 8, 2009, 6 – 8 p.m., Breaking Barriers reception to honor Asian American leaders in the creative arts

March 30, 2009, 7:30 p.m., staged reading of “The Yellow Dress,” through the Incubator Workshop: Rasaka Theatre and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, 78 E. Washington St.

March 22 – 28, 2009, Teaching Spring Break Online Workshop

February 27, 2009, 7 p.m., Women Out Loud reading, 1505 W. Morse, Chicago, IL

February 22, 2009, sold story “Jump Space” to Thoughtcrime Experiments

February 11, 2009, Serendib Press/DesiLit/SLF Party at AWP

December 26-27, 2008, SALA Conference, San Francisco, Humara Mushaira reading (“Under the Skin” and beach excerpt from Arbitrary Passions) , and presenting “Cover Art for Desi Writers: Men vs. Women”

December 8 – 28, 2008, Teaching Winter Break Online Workshop

December 2, 2008, Writing Workshop, Early to Bed, Chicago

November 18, 2008, Northwestern SASA Speaker, 7-8 p.m.

November 17, 2008, The Exquisite Corpuscle becomes available for pre-order from Fairwood Press, including a poem of mine.

October 27, 2008, host South Asian Chai Social, UIC

October 14, 2008, “Silence and the Word,” “White Sheets,” and “Under the Skin” accepted to collaborative play, Yoni ki Baat, to be performed January 2 – February 1 2009 by the Rasaka Theatre Company, Chicago

October 14, 2008, sold “Lotta and Bindi: Dolls for a Biracial Child” to Wondertime

September 1, 2008, sold “Sequins” to Tumbarumba

August 25, 2008, started Clinical Assistant Professor position, University of Illinois at Chicago

July 26, 2008 (my birthday!), afternoon. Reading, Masala! Mehndi! Masti! festival, Toronto.

July 21, 2008, Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Clarion podcast interview

July 16, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Reading. Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego. Free to the public.

July 12 – 19, 2008, Teach at Clarion

June 25, 2008, 3-4 p.m. Talk for Athena’s, Rhode Island.

June 21, 2008, 1-5 p.m., Mini-Kriti Festival. Panel presentations: Publishing Your Novel; Getting the Writing Done. Chicago.

June 14, 2008, 10 – 12 a.m. Talk for Ekya, Lincoln Park Library, Chicago. Free to the public.

May 23-28, 2008. WisCon. A variety of panel presentations and events. Madison.

May 12, 2008. Talk: Writing Your Identity, Northwestern University, Center for the Writing Arts.

April 19, 2008, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Reading, McCormick Place. Three S. Asian-American authors come together to offer you tales of love and marriage. Sugi Ganeshananthan will be reading from her first novel, LOVE MARRIAGE, Kali Plomin from her first novel, HOME BEFORE THE MONSOON, and Mary Anne Mohanraj from her collection of Sri Lankan-American stories, BODIES IN MOTION. This event is part of Asian American Studies Conference; registration is required. Lunch is included. http://www.aaastudies.org/2008/index.html

April 18, 2008, 7-9 p.m. Reading, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (http://www.bookcellarinc.com/. Join us as we celebrate the launch of Sugi Ganeshananthan’s first novel, LOVE MARRIAGE, with a reading and Q&A by Sugi, accompanied by brief readings from authors Mary Anne Mohanraj, Ranjit Souri and visiting Laotian poet, Bryan Thao Worra. $5-$10 suggested donation at the door.

April 16, 2008, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m., Harris Hall, Rm. 108. Northwestern University’s Center for the Writing Arts presents a reading from Bodies in Motion, an exploration of love and sexuality from Sri Lanka and its diaspora, through two families and four generations, and Arbitrary Passions, a combination of travelogue and memoir which attempts to delineate a few of the joys and dangers of arranged marriage, romantic love, polyamory, ethnic identity and nationalism.

April 14, 2008: The CARL BRANDON SOCIETY recommended The Poet’s Journey for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Spring Quarter, 2008: Visiting Professor, Northwestern Center for the Writing Arts

April 2008: Started recording news items here.