Reneé Bibby

A Non-Traditional Short Biography

Reneé Bibby

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


Writing, published work, interviews, and community

Teaching, advanced and introductory levels

Photography, projects and Instagram

“My soul is ten thousand miles wide and extremely invisibly deep. It is the same size as the sea, and you cannot, you cannot cram it into beer cans and fingernails and stake it out in lots and own it. It will drown you all and never even notice.” 

― Ursula K. Le GuinSearoad



Published Work


Black & Blue, City Issue

The Archaeologist

Third Point Press

Best of the Boy Stuff
2016 Pushcart Prize Nominee
The Writers Studio @ 30

Luna Station Quarterly, Issue 039

Don’t Stop
Author Interview

Thin Air, Vol. 21


Crack The Spine, Issue 105

Not Everybody Gets a Happiness Montage

Slush Pile Magazine, Issue 22

The Opposite of Drowning

PRISM international, 55:2/Winter 2017

Trick Ride Glory

Wildness, No. 5, Tranquility

Rabbit or the Wheel
Best Small Fictions Nominee

The Worcester Review, Issue 37

Viva Peaches

Syntax & Salt, Special Issue: Monsters, Myths, Legends, Fairytales

We are the Night, We are the Day

The Harpoon Review

What the Body Gives Up

Five on the Fifth, Vol. 4, Issue 3

What’s Done Can’t Be Undone



Literary Journals

Atticus Review

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.

The Wilds

Reneé was a weekly contributing editor of the Wilds, an imprint of Platypus Press. The Wilds is on hiatus but find an archive of her selection of fiction and poetry at the Wilds



  • Writers Studio @ 30
    The Strand, New York City, NY / May 2017

  • Twin Palms
    Antigone Books, Tucson, AZ / October 2016

  • No Modern Romance
    Antigone Books, Tucson, AZ / October 2015

  • Writers Studio Branches
    KGB Bar, New York City, NY / January 2014




Write Wednesday

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 AlexanderAdrienne CeltDana Diehl, Alice HatcherPhil Ivory, Morgan Evan Miller, Jessica Pryde, and Michelle Ross. Alumni include Erin Zwiener, Lela Scott MacNeil, and Lilian Vercauteren.

Rejection Competition

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



  • 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

“I channel the rote and the new and unseen. My head has always been the busiest of crossroads, a festival of happy and unhappy arrivals. In the hours before daybreak when I was a boy, god sent me words as visitors.”

― Jim ShepardLike You'd Understand, Anyway



Writers Studio Tucson

Reneé is the Director of the Writers Studio Tucson, where she teaches the Master Class, beginner workshops, and teen workshops in creative writing. 

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.

Visit the Writers Studio page to learn more. Read about The Writers Studio in the May/June 2017 Issue of Poets & Writers.

Stay in touch with the Writers Studio Tucson via Facebook / E-Newsletter


Student feedback

Thank you for The Writers Studio. It’s revitalized my writing practice and stretched me in new ways. It’s challenged me to improve my craft beyond writing for myself into something I hope can be accessible to others. I could never have learned what I have so far on my own.
— KATIE GLEASON, Tucson Advanced Workshop Student

“I'm not a girl. I'm a genius. ” 

― Joanna RussThe Female Man




Reneé is a fairly serious hobbyist of photography, focusing on urban decay, architecture and cityscapes, nature, and the occasional human. 


Photo Project

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." 

Photo Project 


“I am circling around God, around the ancient tower, and I have been circling for a thousand years, and I still don't know if I am a falcon, or a storm, or a great song.” 

― Rainer Maria RilkeRainer Maria Rilke's the Book of Hours: A New Translation with Commentary