Andrea McKenzie Raine grew up in Victoria, B.C. where she still resides. She is a long time attendee of the Planet Earth Poetry reading series at the Moka House Café, formerly known as Mocambopo. Andrea holds a B.A. in English Literature and a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Victoria. She is a poet, novelist, book reviewer, and government correspondence writer. Her poetry has appeared in Mocambo Nights anthology, Canadian Literature, Quills, Tempus by Rubicon Press, Leafpress, Boulevard Magazine, Ascent Aspirations magazine, Poems from Planet Earth anthology and various chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane. In 2005, she published her first book of poetry A Mother's String through Ekstasis Editions. She also recently published her first novel, Turnstiles, through Inkwater Press, as well as a prequel novel titled A Crowded Heart.