Desiree Taimanglo-Ventura (Familian Alamåsac) is a full-time instructor of English and Communications within the English Department at the Guam Community College.
She is the author of several creative pieces published in the Aulama Literary Journal and the Storyboard Journal of Pacific Imagery. Taimanglo-Ventura is also the author of The Drowning Mermaid, which regularly publishes creative entries and short essays regarding life within a non-self governing territory and Pacific women. The Drowning Mermaid is required reading within various Pacific Literature, Women’s Studies, and Ethnic Studies programs in the continental United States and Guam. Her blog is widely accessed through international listservs and sites pertaining to Pacific culture, political status, and indigenous writing.
Taimanglo-Ventura is an occasional guest host on KPRG’s radio show, Beyond the Fence, which discusses the militarization of the Pacific, militarism, and the complexities of military-civilian relations in Guam and the surrounding Mariana Islands.
She was the afternoon keynote speaker during the University of Guam’s 2010 Sustainability Conference and the educational keynote speaker during the 2010 Jefferson-Jackson Democratic Dinner.
Taimanglo-Ventura received her undergraduate degree in English at Chaminade University in Hawaii and an MA in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from San Diego State University.
She resides in Yigo with her husband, Jeffrey, and her son, Vicente Jose.