Felicia Luna Lemus was born on a spring day in Boston to two science nerds with stars in their eyes and flowers in their hair, and she was raised by an extended network of familia in the OVC (Orange Barrio, Cypress Street) of Southern California. She lived next door to the Sunkist packinghouse and the railroad tracks, and she spent many an afternoon bouncing a handball against the old-school cholo murals that adorned the streetside wall of her great-grandparents’ little neighborhood grocery store. To this day, she has hippie-dippy Technicolor dreams and feels most at home in the urban borderlands where nopales and concrete meet.
Felicia has served as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at California State University, San Bernardino, as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pitzer College, and as Associate Faculty in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles; she has also taught at The New School, the UCLA Writers’ Program, and as a kindergarten teacher in urban Los Angeles. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Irvine (History, 1997), earned an MFA in Writing from CalArts (2000), was a UCLA Graduate Opportunity Fellow (Teacher Education Program, 2010-2011), and is the recipient of a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference Fellowship (2004). Felicia currently sits on the Advisory Board for The Queer Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities for LGBTQI youth. She has been a featured speaker at numerous universities, including Stanford, Cornell, Yale and Harvard.
Sharpie Ultra Fine black markers, serendipity, and mountain wildflowers are among her favorite things. She lives in Northeast Los Angeles with her spouse, their wild ones, and a pair of Great Horned owls.