Jessica Hagedorn was born in 1949 and raised in the Philippines. At the age of 14 she moved from Manila to San Francisco, were she became a protegé of poet and translator Kenneth Rexroth. Hagedorn’s work includes poetry, prose, performance art, and music. For 10 years she was the lead singer and songwriter of the Gangster Choir band. Her multimedia theatre pieces include “Holy Food,” “Teenytown,” “Mango Tango,” and “Airport Music.” Her first novel, Dogeaters, published in 1990, received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and was a finalist for the National Book Award. In addition to Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn’s books include a collection of poetry and short prose, Danger and Beauty, which combines the work from two previously published collections of poetry and short prose, Dangerous Music, and Pet Food and Tropical Apparitions. Jessica Hagedorn is also the editor of Charlie Chan is Dead, a groundbreaking anthology of Asian American writing.