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🌻About Ravyn (Rei)🌻

A headshot photo of Rei with a rainbowy vintage sun overlay. They are wearing thick-rimmed glasses, a choker necklace, and their hair is half shaved (in the back), half long (in the front).

Ravyn (also known as Rei) is a creative soul to their core. They penned their first poem in middle school and drew their first drawing when they were a toddler. Writing is not only their go-to mode of self-expression, but it’s also an invaluable tool for healing from and overcoming generational trauma.

A second-generation Hellenic-Türkish immigrant, Ravyn grew up in the United States feeling isolated from their peers, especially due to cultural and linguistic barriers. Ultimately, that pushed them to study the English language in depth, and what was once a challenge blossomed into a passion and purpose.

Upon diving into the poetry scene over a decade ago, Ravyn became a featured reader at and host of various poetry readings. They also ran an independent press and online zine for 10 years, publishing hundreds of poets within that time. To date, their poems have been featured in numerous publications both online and in print (Journey of the Heart, Mystic Living Today, Wishbone Words, Aurtistic Zine, etc.), and they have authored several books under another pen name. Additionally, they obtained a Bachelor’s degree (with honors) in Creative Writing.

In 2019, Ravyn launched two poetry communities: Our Words Heard (an Instagram page that amplified poets’ words worldwide for several years) and Poetic Souls (a small writing & art group that started on Instagram, but recently moved to Discord). Two years later, they released their poetry and Zen philosophy book titled Nova Conscientia: poetic snippets of mindfulness (available here). In 2022, they established an online poetry community for Autistic poets called Autistic Poetics. The following year, they released Spectral Lines: the poetic musings of an Autistic mind (available here).

 

When they aren't writing or reading poetry, Ravyn is professionally editing and critiquing it. During their free time, they enjoy taking long walks in the forest, drawing, dancing, or spending quality time with their loved ones.

 
Above all, Ravyn Ark is a neurovaried nonbinary creator, mystic, poetic advocate, and abuse survivor with a lifelong vision to impart people with an unshakable sense of compassion while shedding light on the injustices of our world. You can read their poetry on their blog.

"Sometimes, the world is
so bright & so loud & so pungent
that I wish I could live the solitary life
of a hermit upon the ice-capped mountains
like Khione, the Greek goddess of snow.
And I wouldn’t feel alone.
No, I’d feel right at home
amongst winterbirds, bone-chilling gusts,
and snowflakes that don’t need to know
my name or ask me about my day."
-excerpt from Spectral Lines

"After enough deep inhales
and drawn-out exhales,
an autumn-hued concerto
will burst forth, a tour de force
undetected by human hearing
and the unaided eye..."
-excerpt from Nova Conscientia

"I wish for your to hear
the rhythmic flaps of dove wings,
the melodic symphony of the everyday,
a clap of thunder without the shudder
of fear surging through veins that
don't know if they'll live another day.
-excerpt from 'A Million Wishes'

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