Vanessa Angélica Villarreal


University of Southern California, Department of English 3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 431
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354

Author's Bio

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal is the author of Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, 2017), a recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, a 2017 Texas Institute of Letters John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry, and a 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award finalist. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Boston Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she is raising her son with the help of a loyal dog.

Publications & Prizes

Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, 2017)
Prizes won: 

2019 Whiting Award, 2019 Friends of Literature Prize, Poetry Foundation, 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award Finalist, 2017 Texas Institute of Letters John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Carmen Gimenez Smith, Danez Smith, Raquel Salas Rivera, Ruth Ellen Kocher, June Jordan, Solmaz Sharif, Muriel Leung, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Douglas Kearney, Khadijah Queen, Harmony Holiday, Natalie Diaz, Cecilia Vicuña

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Feminist, Hispanic, Latino/Latina/Latinx, LGBTQ
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Born in: 
McAllen, TX
Raised in: 
Houston, TX
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Last update: Oct 18, 2019