Mitch Rayes was born breech in Detroit, 1958.   First of six children to a former
Irish nun and a Lebanese chemist.  By the age of eight his stated ambition was to
become  "a bum".  A year after that he was chastised (parochial school) for
walking out of church and across a parking lot on his knees.  He attended Wayne
State University in Detroit as a Merit Scholar, and Naropa Institute in Boulder
before the school was accredited (1977), never graduating.  He has traveled over
much of the continent, by thumb, foot, car, bus, and train, from northern Ontario
to Nicaragua, coast to coast.  He once walked (with poet
Lisa Gill) from the ruined
pueblo of Paa-ko NM to the shrine at Chimayo, most of it in a pair of shoes he
found along the way in a dumpster.  Mitch has spent many years in Mexico,
among other things working as a guide and outfitter specializing in remote areas of
Chiapas.  His mountain cabin near San Cristobal was seized by armed indigenous
rebels in 1994.  Distinguished in many fields:  poet, translator, musician, sound
engineer, arts organizer, outfitter, and construction tradesman.  Married Dona
Sinkevicius at the bottom of a sinkhole in the summer of 1982.  They have two
kids, Nick and Sirena, and currently reside on Albuquerque's west bank.