Reneé Weissenburger draws on her passion for literature, photography, and history to inform her work, both in the studio and classroom. As lead artist for CoTA (Collaboration of Teachers and Artists), and photography and literature instructor at UC San Diego Extension and National University, she invites students to investigate their own ideologies of memory, history, and the establishment of identity, using the mediums of writing, photography, assemblage and installation art. Her photographs and assemblages are largely concerned with the intersection of literary, historic and mythic motifs and their present-day echoes. She enjoys collaborating with writers and, over the last few years, has recently begun creating photographic trailers for book releases. Classes at UCSD Extension include Visual Poetry: Ways of Seeing, Women and Madness, Beyond the Image: Using Photography with Other Media, Gender Identity and Literature, Variations on Photographic Portraiture, Glittering Wit: Three Works by Oscar Wilde, Reading Photographs: The Art of Seeing, and Ernest Hemingway: Titan of American Literature.