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 forthcoming Pink Salt (Rescue Press, 2021).

She is a graduate of Poly Prep Country Day School in NYC and Tufts University, and received an MA in English from St. John’s University and an 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

She has taught at St. John’s University and Newark Academy, and for Brooklyn Poets and the International Women’s Writing Guild. Currently, she offers private tutorials and editing services. She is from and lives in Brooklyn, NY.