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 Poetry Northwest, New England Review, Off Paper, Vinyl, The Collagist, and Verse Daily. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, 4Culture, and Artist Trust, as well as scholarships from VONA/Voices, Vermont Studio Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. Michelle has taught at George School, the University of Oregon, Seattle Central College, the University of Washington's Robinson Center, Seattle University, and the Richard Hugo House. She lives in Seattle and serves as Operations Administrator of The Seattle Human Services Coalition.