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Beverly Parayno was born in the Bay Area and raised in East San José by immigrant parents from the Philippines. Her fiction, memoir, essays and author interviews appear in Narrative Magazine, Bellingham Review, The Rumpus, Warscapes, Huizache, and Southword: New Writing from Ireland, among others. Her work has been translated into Mandarin and published by World Literature, a journal of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Her debut short story collection WILDFLOWERS is published by PAWA Press (2023). 

Parayno earned a BA from San José State University, an MA from University College Cork and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she received a Lynda Hull scholarship. She serves on the board of PAWA, a nonprofit arts organization and independent publisher dedicated to supporting Filipinx and Filipinx American writers and artists and on the executive committee for Litquake. She lives and works in Cameron Park as an animal communicator and freelance development professional for social justice nonprofits and facilitates the Cameron Park Library Writers Workshop. Currently, she is working on a teenage runaway memoir set in upstate New York in the mid-1980s. You can find her at 

Photography: JJ Jumoc-Casas