Jean Velasco is an Australian writer based in Madrid. Her work includes short stories, flash fiction, 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 a protracted waitressing career.
Since moving to Spain in 2011, she has been working as an English teacher and translator, whilst battling with Spanglish and mustering fuerzas to write.
Jean has been published in RMIT’s emerging writers’ anthology, Visible Ink, and in the Spanish publications Rincones de Segovia and Voces Españolas. Her short story, “How Not to Quench Your Thirst” was recently selected for the anthology Growing Up Queer in Australia, to be published by Black Inc. later this year.
Her reading/writing inspirations include Maxine Beneba Clarke, Paul Murray, Suki Kim, Carmen Maria Machado, Haruki Marukami, Orwell, Steinbeck, Wilde, Allende, Saramago, all the magic realism, the ones in the sidebar on the left, and many, many more…
She is currently working on her first novel.