Maria Gray

Maria Gray is a poet from Portland, Oregon. Her work appears in Best New Poets, The Columbia Review, Kissing Dynamite Poetry, and others, and she has received honors and fellowships from organizations such as The Lumiere Review, The Adroit Journal, Bates College, and New York University. She is the managing editor of COUNTERCLOCK Journal and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is pursuing her MFA in creative writing at NYU.writing

Maria sits in a park mid-laugh. She has dark brown shoulder length hair and is wearing overalls and an off-white T-shirt.




  • "False Imprisonment," "Questions for My Body," "Boomerang," The Eunoia Review (forthcoming, originally published by Ghost City Press)

  • "Rattle," Westwind: UCLA's Journal of the Arts (forthcoming)

  • "Sonnet with Dead Pansy and Double Yolk," The Columbia Review (forthcoming)

  • "Where Were You When Mac Miller Died," Best New Poets, Snaggletooth Magazine

  • "Postictal Sonnet," "The Elephant," SICK magazine

  • "Theophany," antinarrative zine

  • "Rhythm 0," The Lumiere Review, Snaggletooth Magazine

  • "Persephone's Menarche," Furrow Mag

  • "How Dare You Leave Me," Kissing Dynamite Poetry

  • "Tetherball," Ice Lolly Review

  • "Sex," "Fever Dream Dispatch," COUNTERCLOCK Journal

  • "Abecedarian After the Rape of Medusa," The Foundationalist

  • "Object Impermanence," perhappened mag

  • "The President's Penis," Hominum Journal


  • Longlisted, Surging Tide Mag Annual Summer Writing Contest: "Room Temperature" (2023)

  • Recipient, John Tagliabue Award for Creative Writing (Bates College, 2023)

  • Nominee, Best of the Net: The Lumiere Review, Ice Lolly Review, COUNTERCLOCK Journal (2022)

  • Finalist and contributor, Best New Poets: "Where Were You When Mac Miller Died" (2022)

  • Winner, The Lumiere Review Writing Contest: "Rhythm 0" (2022)

  • Semifinalist, Adroit Prizes for Poetry: "Where Were You When Mac Miller Died" (2021)

  • Recipient, Alice Jane Dinsmore Wandke Award (Bates College, 2019)