Rashani Réa, born as Tori Harris, began writing poetry at the age of seven and was published four years later. She was born in Northern California where she spent the first fifteen years of her life and began teaching art when she moved to the east coast with her family a year later. Raised with the motto “freedom is discipline,” her childhood was an immersion in artistic explorations and an ongoing inquiry into the nature of beauty. Inspired by Martin L. King Jr. and Joan Baez, Rashani was awakened to the impact of art in social change and became an impassioned social activist at the age of twelve. Her other books include Beyond Brokenness and The Unfurling of an Artist.