Jan-Henry Gray was born in Quezon City, Philippines and moved to California with his family when he was six years old. He grew up in Southern California and lived in San Francisco where he cooked in restaurants for more than twelve years. He received his BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and his MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. He has received fellowships and awards from the Juniper Writing Summer Institute, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and the inaugural Undocupoets Fellowship. His work has been published in Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Colorado Review, Fourteen Hills, Puerto del Sol, Southern Humanities Review, and other journals. He lives in Chicago with his husband where he co-hosts events featuring writers, performers, artists, and musicians. His first book, Documents, won the Poulin Poetry Prize and is forthcoming through BOA Editions in the spring of 2019.