EIC of CCIQ Press, Rania M. M. Watts is a well-established author. Her earliest works, ‘Cement Covered Ink Quills & Rarities’ and ‘Summer to Summer Rewind’ were self-published. Rania proceeded to publish her third book, ‘Cockroach Blueprint’, in 2017 with KUBOA Press. She returned to self-publishing to release her latest creation ‘Accordions & Moustaches’.
Not only is she revamping all of her books with Melaris In Print but is currently working on ‘Cockroach Blueprint redux 203 Ways To Kill A Cockroach’. ‘Verity’ which is a poetic dialogue book steeped in all things related to the human condition and ‘Kindreds’ which will house images by Fractal Artist Teja Krašek as a fundraiser for ‘Bags Of Love’, an organisation that assists homeless individuals. Moreover, her book ‘Broken Candy’ will be available in the late Fall of 2021. The proceeds from this book will be split 50/50 between Durham Rape Crisis Centre in Durham Region and Advance, located in the UK.
Rania is the curator for both ‘Roach Print Anthology’, where all the funds go towards global mental health initiatives. ‘Broken Candies Anthology’ profits will all be donated to the Durham Rape Crisis Centre.
In addition to her own literary endeavours, Rania has been published by the 48th Street Press Broadside Series and the Open Minds Quarterly special classroom edition. These pieces have been used to educate both college and high school students on mental health issues, a topic Rania finds to be extremely important. Aside from her mental health advocacy, she has also utilised her talents to write (as both a reviewer and journalist) for two United Kingdom-based music blogs: The Punk Archive and Music Gateway.
Outside of her passion for the written word, Rania earned her Social Service Worker Diploma from Centennial College. Her areas of focus encompassed HIV/AIDS Awareness, Prevention, Advocacy, and Suicidal ideation. In Spring of 2021, Rania earned a Victimology Graduate certificate with honours and will continue for studies with an Honours Bachelor Behavioural Science in September of 2022.
You can find Rania dabbling in a myriad of fine art mediums. However, she can be mostly found at home with a pen, crayon, eyeliner, quill and parchment. In tandem with her quirky outlooks and perceptions, Rania has allowed her imagination to dominate her personality since she told her Grade 8 teacher that she desperately wanted to flee to Europe with solely a typewriter – to create poetry, tucked away in long fields of grass.
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