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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, Terrain.org, and Border Crossing, among other publications. She also has essays in the anthologies "Unmasked: Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty" from Weeping Willow Press and "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 lived on forty acres 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, four have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

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.