Assistant Director
Year Started at JMU: 2022
Contact Info
Website: https://lreneepoems.com/

L. Renée is a poet and nonfiction writer living in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Her Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets-nominated work has been published in Tin House Online, Poet Lore, the minnesota review, Southern Humanities Review, Obsidian, Poetry Northwest, Water~Stone Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Indiana University Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing, Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Alumni Award, Appalachian Review's Denny C. Plattner Award, 2021 Rattle Poetry Prize finalist, and second place for PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture and New Limestone Review's Crystal Wilkinson Creative Writing Prize. She earned fellowships from Cave Canem, The Watering Hole, and the dots between, as well as grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc., the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. and Indiana University College of Arts and Humanities Institute. Her work has also been supported by Oak Spring Garden Foundation, The Peter Bullough Foundation for the Arts, The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, Lafayette Flats' New River Gorge Creative Residency, Prairie Ronde Artist Residency, Monson Arts, Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. L. Renée holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University, where she was Nonfiction Editor of Indiana Review and Associate Director of Indiana University Writers' Conference, and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University, where she was a Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Moore Fellow. She is the Assistant Director of Furious Flower Poetry Center and Assistant Professor of English at James Madison University.

Selected Publications

"Genealogical Trip to Pulaski, Virginia." Tin House Online. Oct. 2019

"Some Nights We Have the Moon." New Limestone Review. Jan. 2020

"Gone" and "Fish Fry." Appalachian Review. Vol 48, Issue 2. pp. 72-78. Spring 2020

"Ghazal: Hog Killing Time." Southern Humanities Review. Volume 53.2. pp. 4-5. Summer 2020

"the bone carrier," "The Unmapped Place," and "Tradition." PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture and New Limestone Review. June 2021

"Exodus, Gilliam Coal Camp, West Virginia, 1949." Rattle Poetry Prize Finalist. Issue 74, Vol. 27, No. 4. pp. 68-74. Winter 2021

"Mend." Poetry Northwest. (Online). June 2022

"Exodus, Chatham, VA, 1901," "Revision," and "Ode to my Mama’s Bathrobe." Still: The Journal. Winter 2022.

"A Ride in Brooklyn," "Becoming," and "Rewombing at the Bottom of the Atlantic." The Fire Inside, Volume IIZora’s Den anthology, edited by Clynthia Burton Graham and Victoria Kennedy. (ZD Press). 2022

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