Rena's first chapter of her memoir in progress, The Plunge, was long listed for the CBC 2017 Nonfiction Prize and that book (her first) is slated for completion in early 2020. Tricycle Magazine published two of her articles online in 2019: "Emptiness and Filling Out Forms: A Practical Approach to Death" and "Prejudice and Pride: A Tibetan Buddhist practitioner asks her teacher how to take pride in one’s practice without becoming arrogant."
Her work has also been published in the Cobalt Review, The Bookends Review and in the inaugural "red issue" edition of Chroma Magazine. Two of her pieces, "Nymph Skin" and "No Roses in Roseville" have been shortlisted in prestigious literary competitions.
Born and raised in the US, Rena now makes her home in Vancouver, BC. As a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio, she maintains an active presence in the local writing community and was 2016/2017 Co-host for the TWS Reading Series.
Her first career of thirty years began after receiving her education in interior design from California College of the Arts in Northern California. After fifteen years in San Francisco, Rena also lived and worked in Seattle, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Vancouver and Los Angeles.
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