Molly Pershin Raynor
Performing Arts Program Coordinator, RYSE Center
Molly Pershin Raynor is performing arts program coordinator for RYSE Center in Richmond, CA. She co-founded RAW Talent, which merged with RYSE to become its performing arts program, providing workshops, field trips, performance, and publication opportunities to over 100 Richmond youth annually. The documentary film Romeo Is Bleeding follows her staff and students as they address local turf violence through spoken word and theater. As a poet and educator, Raynor has facilitated creative writing workshops in prisons, halfway houses, high schools, teen centers, and summer camps and has traveled widely performing spoken word and organizing youth slams. She’s published two poetry chapbooks and has been featured on NPR.