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Renee Simms

Author's Bio

Renee Simms is originally from Detroit, Michigan. A graduate of University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School, she received her MFA in Fiction from Arizona State University. Renee's work has been widely anthologized, appearing or forthcoming in All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press 2014); Forty-Four on 44: Forty-Four African-American Writers on the Election of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States (Third World Press 2011); Strange Cargo: An Emerging Voices Anthology (PEN Center USA 2008); Voices from Leimert Park (Tsehai 2006); Mischief Caprice & Other Poetic Strategies (Red Hen Press 2004); and Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature (Wiley & Sons 2000). In addition to the journals listed below, her writing may also be found on Salon.com and in African Voices, Inkwell, and 42 Opus. Renee has received fellowships and recognition from Vermont Studio Center, storySouth, PEN Center, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Kimbilio: A Center for African American Fiction, Sewanee Writers Conference, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, and Cave Canem. Renee is a visiting professor of African American Studies at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She focuses on the African American experience through the lenses of literature and law.

Publications and Prizes

All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014)
Brain, Child, Hawai'i Review, North American Review, Oregon Literary Review, Our Stories, Pindeldyboz

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Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
All This Talk of Love by Christopher Castellani, Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta, Writing Beyond Race: Living Theory and Practice by bell hooks, The Cross of Redemption" Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin by Randall Kenan, editor, I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro
Favorite Books:
Beloved, Ragtime, the black interior, Birds of America, The Virgin Suicides, Book of the Night Women, Teeth, Middlesex, The Alchemy of Race and Rights, and on and on...

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Listing last updated: July 8, 2014

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Fiction Writer
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Detroit, MI

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