Renée E. D’Aoust has numerous publications and awards to her credit, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism at American Dance Festival, support from the Puffin Foundation, and grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Awards include AWP’s “Intro to Journals” project (cnf), Permafrost’s “Midnight Sun Award” (fiction), and Food for Thought’s “Julie Harris Award for Emerging Playwrights.” Six essays have been named “Notable Essays” in the Best American Essays series, and she has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. D’Aoust’s conference presentations include &NOW in Paris, France, two panels at AWP/Seattle, two panels at AWP/Minneapolis, two panels at NonfictioNOW/Arizona, and a panel forthcoming at AWP/Los Angeles.

Anthology publications include the following:

Reading Dance (Pantheon), edited by Robert Gottlieb; On Stage Alone (University Press of Florida), edited by Claudia Gitelman and Barbara Palfy; Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People (Ontario Veterinary College/University of Guelph), edited by Hilde Weisert and Elizabeth Arnold Stone; Naturally Yours: Poems and Prose About Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs, edited by Kathy Gerstorff and Stacy Savage (CreateSpace); the forthcoming The Americas Anthology of New Writing: From Patagonia to Nunavut (Texas Tech University Press), edited by Peter Grandbois; and the forthcoming Why I Write, edited by Jane Carmen (Festival Writer Press).

Creative nonfiction, journalism, book and dance reviews, and poetry have been published (or are forthcoming) in the following venues, and elsewhere:

Amoskeag: The Journal of Southern New Hampshire University, Apollo’s Lyre, Ballet-Dance Magazine, Ballet Review, The Bathyspheric Review, The Bend, Black Canyon Quarterly, Brevity, Brooklyn Rail, Cadillac Cicatrix, Canoe & Kayak Magazine, Cavalier Literary Couture, The Collagist, Culture Vulture, Dance Insider, Drunken Boat, Essay Daily, Explore Dance, Festival Writer, Harpur Palate, Hippocampus Magazine, HTMLGiant, Idaho Farm Bureau Quarterly Magazine, Kalliope, Keyhole, Los Angeles Review of Books, Mid-American Review, North Central Review, Northern Journeys, Notre Dame Review, Open Face Sandwich, Origami Condom, The Owl, Penguin Review, Permafrost, Ragazine, Rain Taxi, Redwood Coast Review, Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rhino, The Rumpus, The Spokesman-Review, Squid Quarterly, Sweet: A Literary Confection, 13th Moon, Touchstone Literary Magazine, Trestle Creek Review, TriQuarterly Review, Under the Sun, The Volta, and Wordriver.

Renée E. D’Aoust is the Managing Editor of Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.

D’Aoust volunteers as a mentor in AWP’s Writer-to-Writer program and as an Idaho Master Forest Steward, which includes writing for the Idaho Forest Owners Association Newsletter and Women Owning Woodlands.

D’Aoust lives in Idaho and in Switzerland. She teaches online at North Idaho College and Casper College, and holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Columbia University. She loves to hike with her husband and miniature dachshund Tootsie in Idaho’s Cabinet Mountain Wilderness and the Swiss Alps.

Dachshund Tootsie’s motto:

Wag. Wag again. Wag better.

D’Aoust is available for readings, to Skype with courses, and to teach workshops. She would love to meet you virtually and/or in person.


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