Jean Velasco is an Australian writer of short stories, essays, and poetry.
Many years ago, she studied a double degree in Science and Arts (with a Diploma in Modern Languages) at the University of Melbourne. Her subjects ranged from ‘Neurophysiology’ to ‘Witch Hunting in Modern Europe’, which inevitably led to a minor existential crisis despite her extensive customer service/hospitality experience.
Since moving abroad in 2011, she’s worked as an EFL teacher with students of all ages and levels, and as a Spanish/English translator. She lives with her partner in Madrid, where (in times of non-pandemic) she frequently attends, participates in, and is overwhelmed by, the city’s fabulous cultural offering.
Jean’s work has appeared in journals such as Kill Your Darlings, Going Down Swinging, and Overland. Her personal essay, “How Not to Quench Your Thirst” was published in Growing Up Queer in Australia, by Black Inc. Books in 2019.
In October 2020, her speculative fiction story, “Néctar”, won the II Clara Campoamor writing prize for the district of Retiro.
Some of her reading/writing/creative inspirations include Carmen Maria Machado, Elizabeth Tan, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Jenny Offill, Mona Awad, Paul Murray, Suki Kim, Zadie Smith, Hannah Kent, Shaun Tan, William Robinson, Graeme Base, Alison Lester, Guy Delisle, George Orwell, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Isabel Allende, the ones in the sidebar on the left, and many, many more…
She is thinking deeply about writing a novel.