Jean Velasco is an Australian writer based in Spain. Her work includes short stories, essays, and poetry.
Some time ago, she attended the University of Melbourne, where she completed a double degree in Science and Arts, and a Diploma in Modern Languages. Her studies ranged from Neurophysiology to Witch Hunting in Modern Europe, which inevitably led to a minor existential crisis and protracted bartending career.
Since moving abroad in 2011, she has been working as an EFL teacher and 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, an LGBTQIA+ anthology by Black Inc. Books in 2019.
Her reading/writing/creative inspirations include Carmen Maria Machado, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Elizabeth Tan, Jenny Offill, Paul Murray, Suki Kim, Zadie Smith, Shaun Tan, William Robinson, Graeme Base, Guy Delisle, Hannah Kent, Ben Lerner, George Orwell, Isabel Allende and all the magic realism, the ones in the sidebar on the left, and many, many more…
She is currently working on her first novel.