Visiting Assistant Professor, African American Studies
BA, University of Michigan, 1988
JD, Wayne State University Law School, 1992
MFA, Arizona State University, 2007
Renee Simms is a writer and lawyer who explores African American life through the lenses of literature and law. She teaches courses in Survey of African American Literature, Black Fictions and Feminism, Introduction to African American Studies, and Black Imaging: Blackness & Identity in Hollywood Films.
Ms. Simms’ writing is widely anthologized, most recently in All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press 2014). Her stories and essays can also be found on Salon and in North American Review, Hawai’i Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and recognition from storySouth, PEN Center, the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and elsewhere.
During the 2013-14 academic year, she curated the UPS visiting writers’ series, The Caribbean Writer: Dialogues on Identity, Immigration, and Art.