Rayya Elias was born in Aleppo Syria in 1960. Her family moved to Detroit in late 1967. She is an author, musician, and filmmaker. Her book “Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side” was published by Viking
in April 2013. She has a Huffington Post blog. She lives in New York City.