Today I will turn off the internet
hug my children and talk to them
about what's happened
go to the gym and build my strength
spend time in the garden with the flowers
I will make milk toffee for Christmas
sweetness in dark times
I'll grade my student's mid-terms
(they're such good students
they try so hard and care so much
they give me hope for the future)
I'll edit an anthology and
write the next chapter 
of my story. I will rest and feed
my soul so that tomorrow
I can come back stronger.


Bio: "Mary Anne Mohanraj is the author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins), The Stars Change (Circlet Press) and ten 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. Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and serves as editor-in-chief of Jaggery, a South Asian literary journal ( She received a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work in Asian American arts organizing, won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon. Mohanraj is Clinical Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her husband, their two small children, and a sweet dog.