Renee Macalino '94 was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in California from the age of four. She graduated fourth in her class at SJND, going on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in English from UC Berkeley and Master of Fine Arts in English and creative writing from Mills College. She lives in Alameda with her husband and two daughters, and works as a nonfiction book editor for Ulysses Press.
At SJND, Renee was a reporter for the school newspaper, yearbook committee member, and Prisms poetry contributor. She remembers being proud when her cover design (of a window floating in the clouds) was chosen for the yearbook that year. She also played tennis and made MVP her senior year. Renee humorously recalls a memory of being called into the Dean of Students’ (Mr. Gravem’s) office, when she and two friends cut school to ride roller coasters and lay out in the sun in Santa Cruz. “The next day in school, the three of us were called out of class to confess in the Dean's office. The lesson of the story: go to class, and save the beach for the weekend!”
Renee writes articles on arts and culture, parenting, and lifestyle for magazines including ColorLines, Haute Living Magazine, Oakland and Alameda Magazine, San Francisco Bay Guardian, The East Bay Monthly, and others. Her reporting on minority issues facing Filipinos was nominated for a New American Media Award and New California Media Award by the editors of Filipinas Magazine. Her fiction and creative nonfiction can be found in numerous literary journals and magazines.
Her newest literary fiction novel, The Hour of Daydreams comes out on March 14. A contemporary reimagining of a Filipino folktale, The Hour of Daydreams explores trust, identity, and how myths can take root from the seeds of our most difficult truths. Read more in Alameda Magazine.
All are invited to join Renee and several SJND alumni to attend Renee’s official book release on publication date, March 14, at Books Inc.
Alameda Reading & Book Launch
1344 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501