Woodland Pattern Book Center and Kundiman present a poetry reading featuring Feliz Lucia Molina's Crystal Marys. The reading is the first of the Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Reading Series, a reading and discussion series celebrating chapbooks by midwest-based Kundiman fellows organized by Soham Patel.
Feliz Lucia Molina was born & raised in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, to Filipino immigrant parents who ran crisis heterotopias from the early 1980s to mid 2000s. During this time, she lived in various houses converted into board-and-care facilities for persons with cognitive and physical disabilities.
She holds a BA in Writing & Literature and minor in Religious Studies from Naropa University and MFA in Literary Arts (Poetry) from Brown University. A recipient of poetry fellowships from Kundiman and The MacDowell Colony, she taught poetry at Brown University, Cal State San Marcos, and UC San Diego.
Her books are Undercastle (Magic Helicopter Press, 2013 & 2016) and The Wes Letters (Outpost19, 2014). Her chapbooks are An Essay Of Things About Someone I First Met and Spent Time With For One Day in Tokyo (Magic Helicopter Press, 2014) and Crystal Marys (Scary Topiary Press, 2016). Her generative poetry book, Roulette, is forthcoming from Make Now Books. She is working on a second poetry collection, Thundercastle, and an autobiographical screenplay about board-and-care facilities. Her work has appeared in PEN America, Jacket2, Open Space, Fence, among others.
Based in Chicago with Ben Segal, she makes chapbooks for Museum Of Expensive Things, is a poetry editor for Los Angeles Review of Books, contributor to HTML GIANT, and a co-organizer of Desert Poetry. In the Fall of 2017 she will be a candidate in the School of Social Work Administration supported by a Dean's Distinguished Leadership scholarship at The University of Chicago.