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Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. She is the author of the poetry collection Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, 2017).
The recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award in Poetry and a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she is a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. In October 2023, Villarreal will serve as Guest Editor of the Poem-a-Day series.