BIO: Jean Vengua [that’s pronounced VENgwah]

Jean Vengua is a writer and artist, author of a collection of poetry, Prau, and a chapbook, The Aching Vicinities. With Mark Young, she co-edited the First Hay(na)ku Anthology, and The Hay(na)ku Anthology Vol. II. In the mid 1990s, Elizabeth H. Pisares and Jean Vengua formed Tulitos Press and published and edited the Debut: the Making of a Filipino American Film by Gene Cajayon and John Manal Castro, and The Flipside, by Rod Pulido. Her poetry and essays have been published in many journals and anthologies. Jean has taught at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, CSUMB, and Gavilan College. She lives in Monterey, CA.


More recently, I edit Local Nomad, a journal of writing & art. For my website and blog on U.S. Filipino newspapers and literary history, see Commonwealth Cafe Blog.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. I just googled myself and saw you read one of my collaborative poems “Lemon Moon” (last year). Thank you for choosing and honoring us.

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