Janean grew up in South Auckland. She married and had her two children in Canterbury, after which the whole family landed in Dunedin five years ago. Janean was named Runner Up in the TravCom: New Travel Writer of the Year category in 2014. She is a frequent attendee at Creative Writing Dunedin’s Saturday workshops and gratefully acknowledges the support of tutor, Diane Brown. Janean’s poetry is usually inspired by real life events and by the work of her favourite artists, Michelle Evans and Victoria McIntosh. She enjoys walking, yoga, and cooking spicy food. Her poetry has been published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.