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Renata is a writer, editor, and naturalist. She has had essays published by Creative Nonfiction Magazine True Stories, Chautauqua Literary Journal, About Place Journal,, 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 the forthcoming "When Birds Are Near" from Cornell University Press, edited by Susan Fox Rogers.

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.