Wyoming Arts Council


Renée and her husband, a retired school superintendent, live rurally in northeast Wyoming where they tend an apple farm, a large garden, and much garlic. Their children are grown and live out-of-state. In 2018, she was awarded the Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award by the Wyoming Arts Council. A folk musician, she plays the odd performance, and enjoys visiting family and national parks when possible.

As a child Renée Carrier lived in France and five Southern states, “migrating” to Wyoming at eighteen to attend the university where she earned a B.A in French. Having lived in the rural northeast corner of the state since 1986, she is a self-proclaimed “student of place.”

Her Riven Country series (literary fiction) is set mainly in Wyoming. The three-book collection (so far) is available in paperback and as an e-book. A collection of creative non-fiction essays, A Singular Notion, was published in 2006 by Pronghorn Press. In 2010 she compiled, edited and published her late father’s early aviation memoir. Her current WIP, nonfiction, describes living on a small homestead—disguised as pages of a manual—the premise amended with recollections of her Air Force childhood, stretched decades into the now and years to come. “My reason trembles with possible, and less mad, futures, while it quakes with small fears.”