Proenza earned an MFA in painting at New York Studio School, an MFA in creative writing at The New School and a BA in the College of Creative Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. A practitioner of visual art and writing, she’s currently working on a graphic memoir, a chapter of which was published in Rosebud. Her art reviews have been published in Art in America and The Brooklyn Rail. Her visual art appears in The Otter and on the covers of books from John Daniel & Co. and CDs from CMH and Arhoolie. She has received residency grants from the Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In addition to teaching at the New York Academy of Art, she teaches in the Art and English departments at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) and in the Art Department at Marymount Manhattan College.