Coco Owen serves on the board of directors of Les Figues Press and curates Mrs. Porter’s, the press’s literary salon [currently on hiatus].

She has an M.A. in comparative literature from UCLA and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (cultural psychology emphasis) from the California School of Professional Psychology-San Diego.

She works as an editor and advisor for ZHISHIQ, advising Chinese students interested in studying abroad, worked at Reed College as a therapist and assistant dean of student services and taught psychology at Mt. Hood Community College.

Coco had two chapbooks published in 2016: Dress Forms, from dancing girl press, and Scar let  Woe man, from Tammy. Her poems have appeared in the Antioch Review, 1913: A Journal of Forms, The Journal, Cirque, Tidal Basin Review, Umbrella Journal, Rio Grande Review, CutBank, etc. She has been a finalist for The May Swenson Poetry Award, the Imaginary Friends Press book contest and the Patricia Bibby First Book Contest, among others.

Her blogs, now inactive, but archived, are:

Tarzana Is My Heroine ( — A poet’s take on the imaginary and the reality of the San Fernando Valley.

Catty Caliie ( — A look at all things calico and what Coco calls  the “calico palette,” inspired by Coco’s calico cat.

Tiger Tail Terrace ( — The story of Coco’s childhood home, a “storybook ranch” house. It features vintage photos, mid-century mod images, and lots of animals.