Felicia Luna Lemus was born on the East Coast 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 two novels—Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties and Like Son. Her writing has also appeared in numerous anthologies, including Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge; Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and other Quinceañera Stories; and It’s So You: 35 Women Write About Personal Expression Through Fashion and Style, as well as in magazines such as BOMB, The Believer, Latina, and ZYZZYVA.
Felicia is an Assistant Professor at California State University, San Bernardino, where she teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. She has also been a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Pitzer College, and has taught at Antioch University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, The New School, the UCLA Writers’ Program and as a kindergarten teacher in urban Los Angeles. 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 Northeast Los Angeles with her partner, their wild ones, and a pair of Great Horned owls.