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Renata is a writer, editor, and naturalist. Mountain Time: A Field Guide to Astonishment, her essay collection about the Chiricahua Mountains on the Arizona/New Mexico border just north of the Mexico border, was published March 15, 2024 as the inaugural title in a nature series from DLJ Books at CSU Press, marketed by University of Georgia Press. Mountain Time: A Field Guide to Astonishment is available from your favorite bookseller.


Renata's essays have been 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. Her 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. Other poems appear in The Galway Review.

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.