Jean Vengua is a California native, born in San Francisco and raised in Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay area. She has taught at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and Gavilan College, and did her dissertation research on pre-WWII Filipino newspapers in California and Washington State. She is the 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." Her poetry and essays have been published in many journals and anthologies. She currently lives and works in Elkhorn, near Watsonville, and maintains a local blog.
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