Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a nationally-recognized writer & performer living in New York City. Her poem “Like Totally Whatever” won the National Poetry Slam Competition in 2015 & promptly went viral. Her Amazon-best-selling book Peluda (Button poetry) explores, interrogates and redefines the intersections of Latina identity, feminism, hair removal & what it means to belong. She has performed her poems in hundreds of universities & venues across the country. Her work has been featured in REMEZCLA, The Guardian, Vulture, Bustle, Glamour Magazine, The Huffington Post, Muzzle Magazine, The Adroit Journal, and BBC Mundo. She is an MFA candidate at New York University where she will start teaching in Spring 2019. She lives in Ridgewood, Queens.