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 Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (2023). Learn more at

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