Rayanne Haines (she/her) lives in treaty six territory and is the author of three books of Poetry, The Stories in My Skin (Self-published, 2013), Stained with the Colours of Sunday Morning (Inanna, 2017), and Tell The Birds Your Body Is Not A Gun (Frontenac, 2021), as well as four genre fiction novels. She is the host of the literary podcast Crow Reads, the Vice President for the League of Canadian Poets, a writing mentor with the WGA Horizon Writers Program and a member of the teaching faculty with MacEwan University. Her essay This Is Normal, about concussion and her son’s suicidal behavior, was shortlisted for the 2020 Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Alberta Literary Award. Her current work focuses on intergenerational trauma. Recent Poems have appeared in Fiddlehead, The Selkie and the Voicing Suicide Anthology.
Her poetry collection, Stained with the Colours of Sunday Morning, is a creative threading of perspectives and memories about the fictional life of Isabella Caro, by three women who are fictional and yet remarkably real.
Rayanne will be at the 2021 Edmonton Litfest as a moderator for the discussion panel, "Memory Hour - Body of Words" on Saturday, October 16, as well as leading the masterclass entitled "Truth-Telling, Vulnerability and Sitting in the Discomfort of your Writing" on Sunday, October 17. Click here for more information.