Jean Vengua was born in San Francisco, raised in Santa Cruz, and now lives in Monterey, CA. She is a poet and artist, author of Prau, The Aching Vicinities, and The Little Book of Haptic Drawing. Jean's poems and essays have been published in many journals and anthologies. With Mark Young she co-edited The First Hay(na)ku Anthology and The Hay(na)ku Anthology, Vol. 2. She is also editor of www.local-nomad.net, an online journal of writing and art.