Melissa Lozada-Oliva

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Melissa Lozada-Oliva (born September 7, 1992)[1] is a nationally recognized poet[2] and educator based in the New York area.[3] She is the author of chapbooks Plastic Pajaros, Rude Girl is Lonely Girl! (Pizza Pi Press), and Peluda (Button Poetry).[1] Her poem, "Like Totally Whatever"[4] won the 2015 National Poetry Slam Championship, and went viral.[5][6] She currently lives in Queens.




Peluda is a Amazon bestselling poetry book that was published through Button Poetry. In it, she "explores, interrogates and redefines the intersections of Latina identity, feminism, hair removal & what it means to belong."[8]


In December 2018, Melissa started a podcast called Say More along with her best friend and fellow poet Olivia Gatwood. The pair interview each other on topics and answer questions from listeners.


  • 2015 National Poetry Slam Championship
  • Brenda Moosey Video Slam winner


  1. ^ a b Moreno, Carolina (2015-07-09). "Latina Poet Has A Powerful Answer To 'Are You Fluent In Spanish?'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  2. ^ "Melissa Lozada-Oliva". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  3. ^ Nelson, Jenny. "Melissa Lozada-Olivia (@ellomelissa) on Nihilistic Humor and Being an Alien". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  4. ^ Cueto, Emma. "This Powerful Poem Takes On The Speech Police". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  5. ^ "STRENGTH OF DOVES | Melissa Lozada-Oliva". STRENGTH OF DOVES | Spoken Word Poetry. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  6. ^ Lo, Danica. "The Way Women Speak: Melissa Lozada-Oliva's Poetry Will Inspire You". Glamour. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  7. ^ Lozado-Oliva, Melissa. "About Melissa Lozada-Oliva". Text "" ignored (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
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