about

Felicia Luna Lemus is the author of the novels Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties (FSG, 2003; Seal Press, 2004) and Like Son (Akashic Books, 2007).

Lemus’ books are widely praised for their groundbreaking contributions to the literary arts, and she has been a featured artist and speaker at numerous literary spaces, museums and universities, including The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, The Kitchen, the Brooklyn Central Library, the San Francisco Main Library, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Hammer Museum, the U.S.C. Center for Feminist Research, Stanford, Cornell, Yale, and Harvard.

Her work is also frequently taught and has been written about in prominent academic journals and authoritative guides, including Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American West, The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, and the Historical Dictionary of U.S. Latino Literature.

Lemus graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Irvine (History, B.A.), earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, and was a Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Program (GOFP) Fellow at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.

She has been an Assistant Professor at California State University, San Bernardino, a Visiting Professor at Pitzer College, Affiliate Faculty at Antioch University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, adjunct faculty at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and The New School, and a kindergarten teacher in urban Los Angeles.

Sharpie Ultra Fine black markers and crossword puzzles are among her favorite things. She lives in Los Angeles with her spouse, their wild ones, and two Great Horned owls.