Montana Ray

Montana Ray is a poet, translator, and scholar. Her first book of visual poetry, (guns & butter), was described by Cathy Park Hong as a mix of “Apollinaire with Pam Grier.”
She holds an MFA and a PhD in comparative literature from Columbia University, where she wrote her dissertation on settler longing in the work of Cuban and feminist artist Ana Mendieta.
Ray is at work on a narrative nonfiction book, To thicken it, which explores the relationship between “the South” and Central and South America through genealogies, monuments, and cultural performances; you can read her creative nonfiction in The PointBOMB, Narrative Magazine, and The New Inquiry. She also translates from Spanish and Portuguese mainly feminisms of the 1970s.
“Crazy Desire: chronicles of the AIDS ward,” Asymptote Magazine, 2020. Photograph by Leonora Calderón.
“Os Confederados: ‘Family and History’ in the Plantation Americas,” The Point, 2020.

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  1. […] Montana Ray joined us to discuss her poetry and other writings – both old and new. She recently completed a PhD and is at work on what she calls a rather roving project despite being mostly based in her home office. The work is a nonfiction book that explores connections between the U.S. South and Central and South America. She does her research through genealogy, monuments and cultural performances as well as connections within her family. Ray explores many themes by connecting the South to Central and South America. To hear more, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Montana Ray joined us to discuss her poetry and other writings – both old and new. She recently completed a PhD and is at work on what she calls a rather roving project despite being mostly based in her home office. The work is a nonfiction book that explores connections between the U.S. South and Central and South America. She does her research through genealogy, monuments and cultural performances as well as connections within her family. Ray explores many themes by connecting the South to Central and South America. To hear more, listen to the complete interview. […]