Joan A. Vargas was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. She is the oldest of three raised in the Bronx. As a Bronx native, she grew fond of her culture and fast-paced lifestyle. Born a Latina, the art of expression was a seed planted at birth and watered by the Bronx. She grew up listening to Hip Hop and Spoken Word that resided right at her kitchen table where she found her father writing poetry. Her father introduced her to the lyrical poetry of Nuyorican Poet Caridad De La Luz AKA "La Bruja." The rest was history.
After taking a public speaking course, she fought through the insecurities of writing. She had flourished into a poet. Poetry was her first love, but she was married to writing. Having completed her master’s in Criminal Justice and becoming a mother, she decided it was time to steer away from what was expected of her.
Writing was her rebellion.
“My life was dictated by the social standards everyone needed me to fill. Writing taught me that the only thing that needed filling was me. You cannot fit the character someone else wants you to be. Take pen to paper and tell me who your character should be."
Joan currently lives in the Bronx where she can be found mothering her daughter, crime analyzing, reading, writing, running and creating clay creations.
Joan has recently been featured in the poetry collection established by Train River Publishing Anthology Summer 2020.