Renata is a writer, editor, and naturalist. She has had essays published by River Teeth, Creative Nonfiction Magazine True Stories, Chautauqua Literary Journal, About Place Journal, Terrain.org, and Border Crossing, among other publications. She also has essays in the anthologies First and Wildest, an anthology to celebrate the centennial of the Gila Wilderness, from Torrey House Press, and When Birds Are Near from Cornell University Press, edited by Susan Fox Rogers. Renata has a haibun titled "How I Spend My New Summers" in Dawn Songs: A Birdwatcher's Field Guide to the Poetics of Migration, edited by Jamie K. Reaser and J. Drew Lanham.
Renata is pleased to announce that her essay collection about the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona, where she lived on forty acres on the Arizona/New Mexico border just north of the Mexico border, will be published in 2024 by Longleaf Press, a new nature series from Columbus State University, in partnership with University of Georgia Press.
Renata has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston. Originally from the South Side of Chicago, she now lives in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Santa Fe, New Mexico.