Michelle Peñaloza is author of two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias, 2015), and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts, 2015). Her full-length collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, which recently won the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize, will be published in Fall 2019 . Her work can be found in Prairie Schooner, upstreet, Vinyl, and The Collagist, with poems forthcoming in The Normal School and Third Coast. Michelle is a Kundiman fellow, and a former Made at Hugo House Fellow. She is the recent recipient of the 2019 Scotti Merrill Emerging Writer Award for Poetry from The Key West Literary Seminar, as well as scholarships from VONA Voices and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. Michelle lives in rural Northern California.