Assistant Fiction Editor
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.
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, Phil Ivory, Morgan Evan Miller, Alice Hatcher, Michelle Ross, and Lilian Vercauteren. Alumni include Erin Zwiener and Lela Scott MacNeil.
Every year, Reneé runs a friendly competition to see who can acquire the most literary rejections in a calendar year. Inspired by Kim Liao’s Lit Hub article “Why you Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year,” the competition reframes rejections as “wins”—towards the epic Rejection Competition trophy and ultimately publication.
Writers join at the start of the year and celebrate the winner at the end of the year. Last year's winner (pictured left), Alice Hatcher, had 170 rejections, but multiple acceptances, most notably wining the 2017 Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction. Her novel, The Wonder That Was Ours, debuts September 2018. Read more about Rejection Competition in Michelle Ross' article on Atticus Review.
Writers interested in joining the competition can contact Reneé. Writers of all genres and all levels welcome.
Reneé writes flash fiction, short stories, and longer pieces that hover like albatrosses in that gulf between novellas and short stories.
Black & BLUE - City
Not Everybody Gets a Happiness Montage
Crack The Spine, Issue 105
The Opposite of Drowning
Slush Pile Magazine, Issue 22
Trick Ride Glory
PRISM international, 55:2/Winter 2017
Rabbit or the Wheel
(nominated for The Best Small Fictions)
Wildness, No. 5, Tranquility
The Worcester Review, Issue 37
We are the Night, We are the Day
Syntax & Salt, Special Issue: Monsters, Myths, Legends, Fairytales
What the Body Gives Up
The Harpoon Review
- 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.
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."
“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.”
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 by friend and fellow writer Lela Scott MacNeil