Rene Simon is a 48-year-old mother, artist, and writer of African, Native, and European-American descent. She has been writing poetry since teenage angst first hit at age eleven. She loves the capacity of words to evoke visceral responses in an audience. She also adores clothing with stripes, giraffes, and coffee-flavored caffeine. She has been published in the Terra Preta Review, The Green Light Literary Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Blue Literary Journal. She is currently living in Madison, WI with her partner, teenage daughter, and four unruly little dogs.