© 2019 by Jan-Henry Gray                                                                                              Cover image: Magic Eye, Jonathan Molina-Garcia


Winner of the 2018 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize





Selected Emails (speCt! Books), 2019

a chapbook in unwitting collaboration with Chris Philpot


“Frank Quizon Gray, Jr. III” and Immigration and Naturalization Services” The Margins


“I’m a Good Person Because My Childhood Was” Quarterly West’s [Please Explain], a special folio on undocumented poets. Also featured on Academy of American Poets


“Across the Pacific Ocean” and “egress” Kundiman and Poetry Coalition’s “What Is It, Then, Between Us?: Poetry & Democracy,” curated by Janine Joseph


“April 1984” and “Across the Pacific Ocean” The Puritan, guest edited by Eduardo C. Corral


“I-797-C” Nepantla: Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books)


“Maid Poem #7: HR” Academy of American Poets, winner of the Columbia College Chicago Poetry Prize, chosen by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Also featured in FWD: Museums "Alien" (University of Illinois, Chicago)


“I-797-C,” “XXX-XX-0142,” “On Translation,” “Terminal Couplet,” and “Birth Certificate” The Rumpus

"Mackerel" and "Maid Poem #2" Colorado Review, guest edited by Camille T. Dungy


“Hindi Ko Alam Ng Sasabihin Ko” The Shade Journal


“In ‘The Store with Beautiful Things’” Puerto Del Sol

“Missing Documents” Small Po[r]tions


“egress” Southern Humanities Review, feature on undocumented writers, guest edited by Christopher Soto


“Sapling” “Love Poem with a Hole in It” and “Maid Poem #1: The Housemaid” Assaracus (Sibling Rivalry Press)


“PNW” Fourteen Hills


“Acknowledgements” Tupelo Quarterly #7, runner-up for the Tupelo Poetry Prize, judged by Brenda Hillman


“Balikbayan” Tupelo Quarterly #5, finalist for the Tupelo Poetry Prize, judged by Amaud Jamaul Johnson


“Our Father Made Movies for us to See” Transfer Magazine #107


“For Tanzania”* and “California Triptych” Transfer Magazine #106, *winner of the Mark Linenthal Poetry Prize




Upcoming Events


An Evening of Poetry: Black, Ben-Oni, Gray, and Steinberg

A Novel Idea on Passyunk

Philadelphia, PA

With Ryan Black, Rosebud Ben-Oni, and Nicole Steinberg


Otherwise Obscured: Erasure in Body and Text

Franklin Street Works

Stamford, CT

Curated by Danilo Machado

Exhibiting artists: Phil America, Bahar Behbahani, Hannah Black, Jesse Chun, Noelle de la Paz, Joey De Jesus, Alex Dolores Salerno, Francisco Eraso Jr., Noah Fox, Jenny Holzer, Tony Lewis, Ana Mendieta, Oscar Muñoz, Niina Pollari, Pope.L, Wendy Red Star, and Jennif(f)er Tamayo

Reading with Sara Elkamel and Malcolm Tariq

"If You Want to Know What We Are": A Reading of Filipinx American Literature
AWP 2020
San Antonio, TX
With Marianne Chan, Mark Galarrita, and Grace Talusan 


Undocupoets Speak!

AWP 2020

San Antonio, TX

With Frankie Concepcion, Esther Lin, Aline Mello, and Jesus Valles


"Gesundheit" Chapbook Tour

Location TBD


With Chen Chen, Sarah Gambito, and Sam Herschel Wein



Empire and After: Five Filipino American Writers, Colonialism, and Art

Split This Rock

Washington, D.C.

With Oliver de la Paz, Eugene Gloria, and Michelle Peñaloza



A Queer Feast: Fruit, Documents, Possibilities

Split This Rock

Washington, D.C.

With Chen Chen, Devyn Mañibo, and Sam Herschel Wein


Gender Reveal Party: Bloom



With Moncho Alvarado, Michelle Bermudez, Jack Freedman, and Zefyr Lisowski





Documents is listed as one of 26 New Poetry Collections By LGBTQIA+ Writers To Look Out For In 2019.

Rebellious Magazine


"Three Poets of Color on How Their Books Came to Be"

Interview with poets mai c. doan and Xandria Phillips​.

Poets & Writers

Documents is included in Page One,  as one of a dozen new and noteworthy books.

Poets & Writers


The short film Reverse Engineering is featured in Poets & Writers Theater.

The Academy of American Poets

Review of Documents


"Meta- cognitive and openhearted, this book offers itself as a kind of instruction manual for how one might identify structures in writing and in the world that are designed to limit access, rather than grant it—as well as how one might resist and reinvent them."

Newcity Lit

Review of Documents


Within “Documents,” the debut collection by local poet Jan-Henry Gray, the plight of the undocumented gains voice and agency, as poem after poem moves readers through the love, loss and labor of a population whose survival, sadly, relies on invisibility and impermanence."

Publishers Weekly

Review of Documents


“The only way to know a song is to sing it,’ Gray writes, an apt piece of wisdom for a coming-of-age story in poems that twists through states and decades, immigration processes, chorus-like poems exploring bodies of water and extended family drama.”


Who I’m Reading Right Now: Marianne Chan and Jan-Henry Gray


“You know, I first read Gray’s poem, “Acknowledgments” a few years ago…My response to the poem was more like multiple responses, starting with a simultaneous exhilaration and revulsion, which made me come back to the poem again and again. I was like, dang, this child is talking SHIT…"

Book Riot

Documents is listed as "3 Books I Can’t Wait For in 2019"


"Not only was his story compelling, but his writing was masterful. He could write these sharp sentences that even after I had forgotten the exact wording, I would remember the feel of them for days afterward."

RHINO Reviews

"Ungovernable" Poet Luisa A. Igloria reviews Documents for RHINO Reviews.



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