A Non-Traditional Short Biography
Renée Bibby knows things, and if you're lucky, she'll show you. She knows that "the sediment of soap scum is archaeology;" she understands the universal human heartbreak of "how many small dreams can be gotten rid of, just cockroaches on porcelain." To those lucky enough to be her readers and students, she has the power to bestow new eyes, a sharper vision with which to take in the full spectrum of sadness and laughter. Her aesthetic manifesto is a whisper as well as a shout.
bio courtesy of Lela Scott MacNeil
BEING A PART OF
Reneé works with the fiction team at Atticus Review, a daily online journal that publishes fiction, flash, poems, creative nonfiction, video, music, book reviews, cartoons, animation, and other ephemera.
TALKING ABOUT WRITING
Every Wednesday, local Tucson writers gather at the Downtown Cartel Coffee to pursue solo writing projects in companionable quiet with like-minded writers. Write Wednesday is open to all levels of writers. Locations sometimes change; interested writers should tweet at Reneé for location information.
Regular attendees of Write Wednesday include the local writers, Anastasia Alexander, Adrienne Celt, Dana Diehl, Alice Hatcher, Phil Ivory, Morgan Evan Miller, Jessica Pryde, and Michelle Ross. Alumni include Erin Zwiener, Lela Scott MacNeil, and Lilian Vercauteren.
Every year, Reneé runs a friendly competition to see who can acquire the most literary rejections in a calendar year. Learn more at Rejection Competition 2019
READING OTHER PEOPLE’S WRITING
2019 Arizona Mystery Writers Competition
2018 Arizona Mystery Writers Competition
2017 Arizona Mystery Writers Competition
2016 Arizona Mystery Writers Compeition
2015 Writers Studio Amsterdam Fall Student Reading
2015 Arizona Mystery Writers Competition
Writers Studio Tucson
The Writers Studio Tucson welcomes beginning and advanced students to a unique workshop environment whose sole purpose is to help fiction writers and poets discover and nurture their own voices. The workshops offer a supportive environment and community to beginning students who learn how to turn autobiographical fragments into successful narrative or poetic pieces. The program also provides technical guidance and professional criticism to more advanced students who are working on longer pieces.
Reneé is a fairly serious hobbyist of photography, focusing on urban decay, architecture and cityscapes, nature, and the occasional human.
Walk the Line
The summer of 2008, Reneé launched portrait project of mixed-race people and families, seeking faces of people not represented in wider media. Visit the Walk the Line project on her Flickr page.
Reneé explains: "I worked with people who were racial Rorschach tests, people who sometimes negotiated multiple cultures. Sometimes they were people who had privilege to be solidly in one culture and sometimes they were people who had the privilege to jump between cultures. Either way, every day, the people I worked with had experiences similar to mine: walking the line between cultures and races. Sometimes that's a hard walk. And sometimes, as I photographed all these amazing people, I saw just how much it can be a beautiful place, too."