Michelle Peñaloza was born in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, grew up in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, and now lives in the city of Seattle. 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 have been featured in New England Review, Off Paper, Verse Daily,Pleiades, and The Collagist, with poetry forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Waxwing, and Vinyl. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, 4Culture, and Artist Trust, as well as scholarships from VONA, Vermont Studio Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. Michelle has taught at the University of Oregon, Seattle Central College, UW Robinson Center, Seattle University, and the Richard Hugo House.