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 is the author of the novels Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties (FSG, 2003; Seal Press, 2004) and Like Son (Akashic Books, 2007). Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including BOMB, The Believer, Latina, and ZYZZYVA. Her fiction and essays have been anthologized in collections including Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge (Mariner Books, 2006, edited by National Book Foundation Executive Director Harold Augenbraum), A Fictional History of the United States with Huge Chunks Missing (Akashic Books, 2006), It’s So You: 35 Women Write About Personal Expression Through Fashion and Style (Seal Press, 2007), Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and other Quinceañera Stories (HarperCollins, 2007), and Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives (Rare Bird Books, forthcoming June 2015).
Felicia has been a featured speaker at universities including Stanford, Cornell, Yale and Harvard. She has served as an Assistant Professor at California State University, San Bernardino and as a Visiting Professor at Pitzer College; she has also taught at Antioch University’s MFA Creative Writing Program, The New School, the UCLA Writers’ Program, and as a kindergarten teacher in urban Los Angeles. Felicia 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). She currently sits on the Advisory Board for The Queer Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities for LGBTQI youth.
Sharpie Ultra Fine black markers, serendipity, and mountain wildflowers are among her favorite things. She lives in Los Angeles with her spouse, their wild ones, and a pair of Great Horned owls.