Photos by Jon B.Gray

Vanessa Aricco is a multimedia poet exploring conflict and duality, the precarious nature of life and the anxiety that arises from it. She is the co-host of Confessing Animals podcast, a series of conversations with artists and writers examining how their lives translate to art. She has released two poetry albums, The Midnight Rush and Human Animal, and is co-lyricist on the album Gutter Mansions with her partner and collaborator Ashley Raines. She was a Charlotte Street Foundation 2019-22 Studio Resident in Kansas City, MO, and is currently working on a third poetry album, Teenage Poetry.

Other fun facts:

Gemini Sun. Gemini Rising. Scorpio Moon.

In 1915, my grandmother arrived at Ellis Island on the SS Dante Alighieri.

A two-line bio written for me by my older brother:

I grew up in Texas but I’m not very western.

I obsess on what’s currently making me happy but my brother calls me Angry.

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