Jean Velasco is a(n emerging) writer, EFL teacher, and translator from Naarm (Melbourne), based in Madrid.
Her writing has appeared in journals such as Kill Your Darlings, Going Down Swinging, and Overland, and 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, she won the II Clara Campoamor writing prize for the district of Retiro, with her speculative fiction short story, “Néctar”.
In a previous life, she studied Science, Arts, and Modern Languages at the University of Melbourne. Her subjects ranged from ‘Neuropharmacology’ to ‘Witches and Witch Hunting in Europe’, which inevitably led to a minor existential crisis, and extensive experience in the hospitality industry.
Since moving to Spain in 2011, she’s worked with students of all ages and levels (teens/jobseekers/retirees/white collar execs etc) in various locations (village/town/metropolis).
In no particular order, some of her reading/writing/creative inspirations include Carmen Maria Machado, Elizabeth Tan, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Cher Tan, Mona Awad, Paul Murray, Suki Kim, Bernadine Evaristo, Ali Smith, Hannah Kent, Shaun Tan, William Robinson, Graeme Base, Alison Lester, Guy Delisle, George Orwell, Ted Chiang, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Fernanda Melchor, Andrea Abreu, the ones in the sidebar on the left, and many, many more…