Rayanne Haines grew up on a small horse ranch in Alberta. She spent most of her youth re-enacting scenes from Anne of Green Gables to attentive audiences that included pygmy goats and roan stallions. The horses were thrilled. Her father could never figure out why it took her three hours to clean the barn.
Her mother was an avid reader and instilled a love of literature in her at a young age. She has always been fascinated with learning people's stories.
She has a fondness for mountains and rivers and all the creatures that live within them. And she believes in magic, the spirit, that which we cannot see.
Rayanne knows stories and poetry can transform lives. She approaches her writing from a place of joy, wonder and empowerment.
She also offers public speaking and writing workshops. She particularly likes speaking with young women about reaching their goals and overcoming adversity in their lives, and about how poetry and storytelling can inspire them.
With a formal education in executive arts management, Rayanne spent the better part of the last two decades supporting the growth of independent artists and writers. She is currently the executive director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, an award winning performance poet, a storyteller, and mother to two fine men and Bella the bulldog. She and her husband continue to call Alberta home.
She has had the immense privilege of performing her fiction and poetry for diverse audiences from youth to business professional for various reading series, conferences and festivals. She has been published in anthologies, magazines and online as well as having her poetry used as the text for the National Youth Choir of Canada. She's had work published in Canada, the USA and the UK.