Jean Vengua is a Filipino American artist, writer, and poet born in San Francisco, CA and raised in the Monterey Bay area. Her visual art is not confined to any one style or philosophy, although she tends toward abstraction with a strong emphasis on human gestures and explorations of shape and linear constraints. Her haptic and asemic work is influenced by her writing and reading, and is also a meditative practice. She is a member of the Filipino American Artists Directory, and is returning to painting after a having spent several decades focusing on writing and teaching.
Jean is the author of Corporeal (to be published by Black Radish Books, summer 2018), Prau, a collection of experimental poetry (for which she received the Filamore Tabios, Sr., Memorial Prize (2007, Meritage Press), and a chapbook, The Aching Vicinities (Otoliths Press). 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 is the founder and editor of the literary/art journal, Local Nomad, and lives in Monterey, CA.