Michelle Peñaloza grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and earned her M.F.A. from the University of Oregon. Her poetry has appeared most recently in TriQuarterly, The Weekly Rumpus, and INCH. She is the recipient of the Miriam McFall Starlin Poetry Award, fellowships from Kundiman, the Richard Hugo House, and Oregon Literary Arts, as well as scholarships from VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation), the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. She lives in Seattle where she is hard at work on her current project, landscape / heartbreak.