Program Director, Galveston
Torrina “Torri” Harris is a poet, teacher, and humanitarian who participates in open mics and poetry slams in the Houston and Galveston areas. She is the Poet-in-Residence at Central United Methodist Church and teaches the Iconoclast Artists Program in Galveston, TX. She has a background in offender education, teaching Anger Management and Drug and Alcohol Awareness to populations from the TDCJ Reentry & Integration Division and also to individuals on parole and probation. Her work continues to lead her into conversations with victims and survivors of domestic abuse and drug addiction, as well as with the individuals on the other end, the offenders. The educational programs she teaches focus on understanding how social structures and systems can divide us and the power that comes from personal responsibility and intentional lifestyle decisions. Torrina has also worked with UTMB Correctional Managed Care, providing care to inmates struggling with cancer, rehabilitation, mental health, and other long-term and acute illnesses in TDCJ. She believes that breaking boundaries, both physical and metaphysical, is essential for building community. Her goal is to open doors for discussion by creating and establishing spaces free of judgement, allowing catalysts for cyclical community deterioration to be identified, challenged, and changed to make transformation possible.