Michelle Peñaloza was born in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and grew up in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of two chapbooks: landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias Press) and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts).
Her poetry and essays can be found in places like New England Review, Poetry Northwest, TriQuarterly, Pleiades, and The Collagist. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, and the Richard Hugo House, as well as scholarships from VONA/Voices, the Napa Valley Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. Michelle lives in Seattle.