(At Wright Park in Tacoma, WA)
Age: Old enough to know ageism is a thing.
Basic bio: Originally from Detroit, Renee is a novelist, lawyer, and professor interested in Black women’s fiction, the intersections of law and literature. Her writing has appeared in Literary Hub, The Rumpus, Salon and elsewhere. She is a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellow, and her debut story collection Meet Behind Mars, was published in 2018.
Beyond the bio: I have zero fucks left to give! Yay!! That’s what I Iove most about being over 40.
What makes you a grown-ass lady? Many things about my life make me a grown-ass lady, but what I cherish most includes a wicked sense of humor, great friends who live in interesting places, and having smart, kind, and grown children who can care for themselves.
1. On the nightstand: An unfinished glass of wine and Passing by Nella Larsen.
2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Loving my beloveds.
3. Jam of the minute: WAP.
4. Thing I miss: Living among Black people.
5. ’80s crush: Prince.
6. Current crush: Arthur Jafa.
7. Latest fave find: Timberland sneaks and Quay eyewear.
8. Last thing I lost: My cool.
9. Best thing that happened recently: Receiving a playlist based on my story collection as a “thank you” from Willamette students.10. Looking forward to: The last piece of my Trader Joe’s Chantilly Cream Vanilla Bean cake.