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Hello

My name is Melissa Lozada-Oliva & this is a picture of me pretending like I don’t know someone is taking a picture of me. You are 95 percent likely to pronounce my second last name “OLIVIA” & that’s okay! My book Peluda (Button Poetry 2017) explores the intersections of Latina identity, feminism, hair removal & what it means to belong. I perform my poems in hundreds of universities & venues across the country. I also do workshops on incorporating humor into poetry & general creative writing classes. I am the co-host of podcast Say More with Olivia Gatwood Who Is a Massive Bitch where we interview guests about things they are experts on. My work has been featured in REMEZCLA, The Guardian, Vulture, Bustle, Glamour Magazine, The Huffington Post, Muzzle Magazine, The Adroit Journal, and BBC Mundo! I live in New York City.