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Renee Ruin (BSocSc, B.A.(Hons) Sociology) is an Australian writer, feminist, mental health ambassador, blogger, music journalist, and poet.
Her first self-published anthology of poetry works Wounds Vol.1 (2013) gained underground cult status both in Australia and internationally and sold out both first and second editions and boasts a 4.7/5 average rating on Good Reads. Her second anthology Wounds Vol.2 with an accompanying foreword by music legend and friend, Mark Lanegan was set to be released at the end of February 2022. However, tragically Mark Lanegan passed away on February 22nd. Stricken by grief, Renee stopped working on the project but eventually added an epilogue about Mark and Wounds Vol.2 was released in late 2022.
Renee has been published and featured on/in medium, BuzzFeed, SheSaid, Mamamia, SivanaSpirit, A Girl in Progress, Hear Her Roar, Collide Art & Culture Magazine and London Edge Magazine and runs her own blog reneeruin.com as well as curating Radio MIxtapes often in collaboration with famous artists such as Courtney Love, Shirley Manson, Brody Dalle, Chelsea Wolfe, Jarboe, and Zola Jesus. With a strong background of over 20 years in the music industry across all aspects. Renee offers services to underground and unique musical talent via Ruin Agency. Also, an accomplished live music photographer and artist, Renee has a mind that just doesn’t stop spinning.
Her blog www.reneeruin.com was founded in 2009 as a platform to showcase independent and underground musicians, artists, fashion designers, writers, designers, creatives of all walks and culture as well as support incredibly talented women across all industries.
Renee Ruin has been a respected blogger and writer in fashion, music, and the arts both internationally and locally as well as a published Poetry author. She has featured and interviewed fashion designers, artists, musicians, authors, and jewelers in her time and is well regarded across all industries as a connoisseur of the noir, avant-garde & alternative. Her unique interviews and musician-curated mixtapes by famous musicians such as Courtney Love and Shirley Manson have earned her high regard amongst the music community and musicians themselves for her forthright and honest journalism and loyalty to the craft.
Over the years the website evolved from a simple blog into a full spectrum online publication featuring articles, exclusive interviews, features and the integration of RUIN RADIO which is a monthly mixtape which is curated by Renee Ruin and is also special guest curated by musicians. Just some of the musician curators who have participated are Brody Dalle, Shirley Manson, Chelsea Wolfe, Courtney Love, Alan Mcgee of Creation Records, Jarboe, King Woman, Zola Jesus, Tony Hawk and Heather Gabel.
With a strong background of over 20 years in the music industry across all aspects Renee offers services to underground and unique musical talent via Ruin Agency. Also, an accomplished live music photographer and artist, Renee has a mind that just doesn’t stop spinning.
Renee has interviewed musicians in the past such as; Mark Lanegan, Jarboe, Heather Gabel of HIDE, Murder City Devils, Wesley Eisold of AN and Cold Cave, Deap Vally, The Bronx, Gallows, The Black Ryder, White Lung, Dave Pajo of SLINT, White Lung, Death Valley Girls, LA WITCH, Plague Vendor, Vowws, Lawrence Rothman and the list continues to grow.
Renee has interviewed artists in the past such as; Roman Dirge, Shae Detar, Krist Mort, Rita Minissi, Nona Limmen, Dylan Garrett Smith, Tamara Santibanez, Tom Bagshaw, Darla Teagarden, Elizabeth McGrath, Abbey Watkins, Mab Graves, Aunia Kahn, Ellen Rogers, John John Jesse, Rudy Fig, Patrick O’Dell, Gareth Stehr, Julia Deville, Charmaine Olivia, Angela Boatwright, Edith Lebeau.
During COVID-19 live-streamed Q&A conversations with musicians across the world for Instagram’s IGTV. Artists inlcuded Brutus, Tex Perkins, Rituals of Mine, Xiu Xiu, Sumac, Pallbearer, Zoe Zanias, Boy Harsher, White Hills, Vile Creature, Electric Citizen Band, Thou, From Hell, Old Man Gloom, Emma Ruth Rundle, Zola Jesus, Earthless, King DudeThursday, Author Punisher, Gatecreeper, Poison the Well, Russian Circles, Alan McGee of Creation Records, Justin Pearson, Daughters, Death Valley Girls, Fall Out Boy, Uniform, Maggot Heart, David Pajo, Marissa Nadler and more. 2022 saw Renee delve more into her love of horror, film and art.
As well as regular articles and features on reneeruin.com, Renee is a podcaster, regular podcast guest on the US Youtube Movie Night Extravaganza, published poetry author, freelance writer, and contributor, digital collage artist, and live music photographer. If you thought that wasn’t a long enough list Renee is also a certified Mental Health Ambassador who has appeared as a guest speaker for special fundraising arts events for NAMI several times. All of these ventures she does completely free of charge.
Renee will be launching a new audio podcast in late 2023 called “Smells like girl”. Renee is also the creator, producer, and host of The Night Shift Youtube Podcast alongside co-hosts ex-adult performer and TedX Speaker, Jenna Haze and author, journalist, screenwriter, and show creator, Bonnie Burton.
Renee is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, workplaces and the wider community. Particularly in areas of mental health awareness and advocacy, mentoring, transformational leadership, gender inequality, diversity, equity and inclusion and fighting mental health stigma. Renee is a strong female empowerment champion, a certified Mental Health Ambassador, R U OK? Workplace Champion and a diversity, equity and inclusion committee member. Through sharing her lived experience as a chronic sufferer of Bipolar Disorder II, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder. She hopes she can inspire others to empower themselves, love themselves, and accept themselves as well as educate and raise awareness of the importance and serious lack of Mental Health services and facilities within the health systems and stop the cycle of stigma when it comes to mental illness.