Her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Brevity, Fourth Genre, The Nervous Breakdown, Denver Quarterly, Essay Daily, Quarter After Eight, JuxtaProse, Tayo, Kartika Review, Memoir Journal, Assay, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, Live Science, Filipinas Magazine, and elsewhere. It is forthcoming in Hobart and The Los Angeles Review.
Jen earned her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from California State University Sacramento.
The daughter of Philippine immigrants, Jen grew up in a southern California suburb on a street where all the houses were peach in a home with a big brown van parked out front. In her essays, she strives to create “beneficent nonfiction,” that is, truthful writing with a positive purpose and a use.