My story seeks to explore, through poetry, sound, and movement, the ways in which unexpected (disabled) bodies are denied access to education and are instead the objects of intervention and attempts at normalization.

“The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what's in between.”

– The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

A black and white photo of storyteller Raya Shields

I am an autistic young adult with an additional diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome and I have just completed my Bachelor of Arts at Ryerson University. 

I have a deep love of everything science fiction and of children’s literature. My current interests include animal rights activism, critical disability studies, writing poetry, and the television shows Hannibal, Supernatural, In the Flesh, and Fringe!