Rita-Renee

Rita-Renee

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RITA-RENEE

Biography

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, POET & ARTISTIC EDUCATOR...
Rita-Renée’s experiences growing up in Harlem, New York, and later living in Japan inspired her to
write H2H. Rita-Renée is most well known for her dramatic interpretations of her poems and short
stories that focus on the satirical lives of Harlemites. Her most popular work to date is a
reality-based dramatic poem titled, My Man’s A Drug Dealer. In addition to creating memorable
characters in print, Rita-Renée has been a thespian of the musical theater since the age of four. She
has contributed her creative works to college newspapers and annuals as well as community-based
projects and local publications around the country. Prior to completion of this novel, renowned
author Terry McMillan and the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center honored Rita-Renée with
the DorisJean Austin Fellowship; an accolade bestowed upon new and upcoming African-American
writers of distinction. She has worked as a freelance ghostwriter for a world reknowned music
video/commerical production company, writing music video treatments on behalf of some of the
top music video directors in the industry. The concepts were written for such artists as Mary J.
Blige, Common, Shaggy, and B2K, among others.
Rita-Renée is the mother of four, including a set of twins. She attended Capella University, Penn
State University, Syracuse University, Lehman College and Lehman-Hiroshima College in
Hiroshima, Japan. She holds a M.S. in Education and a B.A. in Black Studies with a minor in
English Literature. She is expected to begin production of her one-woman show titled My Mama
Warned Me About People Like…Me in the Fall of 2005.