Rayanne Haines’s artistic practice focuses on projects that look to redeem and empower the female narrative. In addition to her writing, teaching, and festival work, she also produces/curates intersectional feminist poetry films and panels with authors across Canada. Her current work focuses on mental health and intergenerational female trauma. Tell the Birds your Body is Not a Gun is forthcoming in 2021 with Frontenac House.
Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from, Fiddlehead, Impact: The Lives of Women After Concussion Anthology, Voicing Suicide Anthology, The Selkie Resiliency Anthology, Freefall, Wax Poetry and Arts, Funicular, and Indefinite Space among others. Her debut Novel in Verse, Stained with the Colours of Sunday Morning (Inanna 2018), was a finalist for the 2019 Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award. Her essay, This is Normal was a 2020 finalist for the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Alberta Literary Award. Her short fiction piece, CutLines, won the 2019 WGA Global Health Writing Award.
Past Executive Director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, she is the current host of the literary podcast, An Eloquent Bitch and is the Alberta NWT rep for the League of Canadian Poets. Rayanne is a 2019 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award recipient.
Rayanne is currently enrolled in a Masters of Arts in Arts, Festival and Cultural Management program at Queen Margaret University.