Vida Cross was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Linblom Technical High School. After earning a B.A. in English-writing and a B.A. in History from Knox College, she obtained a M.A. in English (Creative Writing) from Iowa State University, a MFA in Studio (Filmmaking) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA in Writing (MFAW) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Most recently Elizabeth Alexander named her the Hnorable Mention Award recipient for Cave Canem's 2010 Poetry Book Award. Her work has appeared in The Literary Review, Reed Magazine, Reverie Journal, and The Journal of Film and Television.
Vida has a home in Chicago, Illinois and a home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She teaches English at the Milwaukee Area Technical College.