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 two 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, such as 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), and Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and other Quinceañera Stories (HarperCollins, 2007).
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 at Pitzer College, and has 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), and was a UCLA Graduate Opportunity Fellow (Teacher Education Program, 2010-2011). Felicia is the recipient of a Bread Loaf Writer's Conference Fellowship (2004), and she has been a featured speaker at universities including Stanford, Cornell, Yale and Harvard. 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.