Melissa Lozada-Oliva is mostly a poet. She has been featured in Muzzle Magazine, The Adroit Journal, Glamour Magazine, REMEZCLA, The Huffington Post, the Guardian & most recently Google Maps. Her collection of poems, peluda, explores the intersecting narratives of Latina identity, feminism, & hair removal. Recently she’s been interested in pushing the constraints of poetry into something more experimental, like, the stock market! She loves numbers. Ha-ha, she doesn’t at all. Some of her hobbies & habits include bookselling, petting her cat, feeling bad about money, finding the perfect chocolate cookie, & getting too invested & analytical about television shows because it’s triggering for her Comparative Literature Degree mind that cost $60,000 that she will most likely never pay off. Mind didn’t cost $60,000! Degree did. 🙂 Maybe actually it is a good time to invest in the stock market! Numbers!!! A writer she’s really into right now is Abbey Mei Otis, a speculative fiction writer who just came out with a book called Alien Virus Love Disaster. The title says it all & it’s absolutely, as Melissa would say, her shit. She just re-read Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson before watching the series on Netflix because she is a know-it-all & a nerd. Probably she should read more poetry. She lives in Ridgewood, Queens.
follow me everywhere @ellomelissa
- “my hair stays on your pillow like a question mark” / Muzzle Magazine
- “THERE IS SO MUCH PRESSURE IN A WHITE DRESS” / The Adroit Journal
photo taken by Olivia Gatwood.