Maria Gray

Maria Gray is a poet from Portland, Oregon in unconditional support of a liberated Palestine. Her work appears in or is forthcoming from ONLY POEMS, Best New Poets, The Columbia Review, and others, and she has received honors and fellowships from organizations including, 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 an MFA candidate in creative writing at NYU.writing & honors

B&W selfie of Maria (shoulder length brown hair, freckles, nose ring) holding a banana to her ear. She is wearing overalls with a banana patch on them.




honors & fellowships

  • Semifinalist, The Adroit Journal Djanikian Scholars in Poetry (2024)

  • Finalist, 2024 Chapbook Series Fellowship: "Boomerang" (2023)

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

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

  • Departmental Poetry Fellow, New York University Creative Writing Program (2023-2025)

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

  • Arts Collective Microgrant Recipient, COUNTERCLOCK Journal (2019)

  • Writing Fellow, COUNTERCLOCK Arts Collective (2019)

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