about

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

Lemus’ writing has appeared in BOMB, The Believer, ZYZZYVA, The California Sunday Magazine, and Latina, and has been anthologized in Lengua Fresca: Latino Writers on the Edge (Houghton Mifflin, edited by former Executive Director of the National Book Foundation Harold Augenbraum, and Ilan Stavans), Fifteen Candles: Fifteen Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles and other Quinceañera Stories (HarperCollins, edited by Adriana V. López), and Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives (Rare Bird Books, edited by Jeff Gordinier and Marc Weingarten), among other publications.

Lemus has been a featured author and speaker at museums, literary spaces and universities, including the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Hammer Museum, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, The Kitchen, the Brooklyn Central Library, the San Francisco Main Library, the U.S.C. Center for Feminist Research, Stanford, Cornell, Yale, and Harvard.

Her work is 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 was also awarded a fellowship at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

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.