Felino A. Soriano’s poetry appears in CHURN, BlazeVOX, 3:AM Magazine, The National Poetry Review, Small Po[r]tions, and elsewhere. His books of poetry include Vocal Apparitions: New & Selected Poems: 2012-2016 (2016), sparse anatomies of single antecedents (2015), Of isolated limning (2014, Pathos / particular invocation (2013), Of language/s/ the rain speaks (2012), Intentions of Aligned Demarcations (2011), In Praise of Absolute Interpretation (2010), Construed Implications (2009), and Among the Interrogated (2008). His collaborative collection Quintet Dialogues: translating introspection, which features visual art from David Allen Reed, is forthcoming from Howling Dog Press in 2017.

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Jean Vengua is an artist, writer, and poet. Her visual art often explores haptic perception, especially the sense of touch and sound as well as other senses; the mind and body perceive and translate perceptions through the hands and chosen tool (pencil, paintbrush, pen). Her haptics are related to asemic writing, which is gestural and experimental, as well as to her zen meditation practice. She is currently working on a series of abstract paintings that explore California’s recurring “fire season” in the Central Coast/Big Sur areas. Jean is returning to painting after a having spent several decades focusing on writing and teaching.

Jean is the author of Prau, a collection of experimental poetry (for which she received the Filamore Tabios, Sr., Memorial Prize (2007, Meritage Press), and a chapbook, The Aching Vicinities (Otoliths Press). With Mark Young, she co-edited the First Hay(na)ku Anthology, and The Hay(na)ku Anthology Vol. II. In the mid 1990s, Elizabeth H. Pisares and Jean Vengua formed Tulitos Press and published and edited the Debut: the Making of a Filipino American Film by Gene Cajayon and John Manal Castro, and The Flipside, by Rod Pulido. Her poetry and essays have been published in many journals and anthologies. She is editor of the literary/art journal, Local Nomad and lives in Monterey, CA.