"One of the most original performance poets of her generation, Melissa Lozada-Oliva has captivated crowds across the country and online with her vivid narratives. Humorous and biting, personal and communal, self-deprecating and unapologetically self-loving, peluda (meaning “hairy” or “hairy beast”) is the poet at her best.

The book explores the relationship between femininity and body hair as well as the intersections of family, class, the immigrant experience, Latina identity, and much more, all through Lozada-Oliva’s unique lens and striking voice. Peluda is a powerful testimony on body image and the triumph over taboo."


"This chapbook is inspired by the Netflix adaptation of Marvel’s Alias, a comic series about Jessica Jones. I wrote it while binge-watching the series & also feeling sad about old, new, never-there loves. While watching Jessica Jones, I fell in love & identified the most with her bad bitchery. Or at least, aspired to be such a bad bitch. "


"In Plastic Pájaros, Melissa meditates on the plight of the 20-something, future things, pained communication, life as a first-generation kid, and the strength of the women in her family. She weaves in and out of each poem, seemingly switching topics, but maintaining the same reflective and revelatory mood throughout." - Vagabond City