Jan-Henry Gray

Jan-Henry Gray is the author of Documents, chosen by D. A. Powell as the winner of BOA Editions’ A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His chapbook, Selected Emails, is out from speCt! and his writing is published in Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Fourteen Hills, The Margins, and more. He’s received the inaugural Undocupoets Fellowship and awards from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Academy of American Poets. Born in the Philippines and raised in California, Jan has lived undocumented in the U.S. for more than 32 years. An ex-chef, Jan is a Kundiman Fellow, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Adelphi University, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Curated for National Poetry Month as part of "When did you first recognize me as your own?: A Folio of Undocupoets Fellows"

This April, to recognize and honor National Poetry Month, we curated a folio of poems by four Asian American Undocupoets Fellows. This page features Jan-Henry Gray's "June at Ocean Beach." We invite you to take a moment to read the other poems in this collection here.

— Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Poetry Editor

June at Ocean Beach