Renata is a writer, editor, and naturalist. She has had essays published by Creative Nonfiction Magazine True Stories, Chautauqua Literary Journal, About Place Journal, Terrain.org, and Muse/A Journal, among other publications. She also has essays in the anthology "Unmasked: Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty" and in "When Birds Are Near" from Cornell University Press, published in October 2020 and edited by Susan Fox Rogers. She will have an essay in the forthcoming First and Wildest, an anthology to celebrate the centennial of the Gila Wilderness in 2022, from Torrey House Press.
Renata is currently working on an essay collection about the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona, where she used to live, fifty miles north of the Mexico border and five miles west of the New Mexico border. Of the several essays from the collection that have already been published, three have been nominated for 2020 Pushcart Prizes.
Renata has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston, where she studied with Junot Díaz, Mary Gaitskill, Mark Doty, Ed Hirsch, Chang Rae Lee, Lucy Grealy, and other well-known authors. After graduation, she studied with the writers Pam Houston, Natalie Goldberg, Scott Russell Sanders, and Andre Dubus III.
Renata lives at 7,000 feet in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Santa Fe, New Mexico.