Vanessa is the author of Images for Radical Politics, which was the Editor's Choice in the 2015 Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize contest; and the chapbooks midnight blue (Porkbelly Press, 2015) and Weekend Poems (dancing girl press, 2014).

She received her MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry from CUNY Brooklyn College, where she was the recipient of the 2010 Himan Brown Award in Poetry.In 2012, she founded the literary project, Five Quarterly, with debut writer Crissy Van Meter. Currently, she teaches at Newark Academy and offers private tutorials and editing services. She is from and lives in Brooklyn, NY.