Melissa Lozada-Oliva

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Melissa Lozada-Oliva
Born (1992-09-07) September 7, 1992 (age 30)
Newton, Massachusetts
Alma materSimmons University

Melissa Lozada-Oliva (born September 7, 1992)[1] is an American poet and educator based in New York. Her poem, "Like Totally Whatever" won the 2015 National Poetry Slam Championship, and went viral.[2][3][4][5]

Life and career[edit]

Lozada-Oliva was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts by immigrant parents; her mother is Guatemalan and her father is Colombian.[6][7] She attended college at Simmons University, where she began to perform slam poetry, and graduated in 2014.[8]

After graduation, she published the chapbooks Plastic Pajaros in 2015 and Rude Girl is Lonely Girl! in 2016. Her performance of a poem called "Like Totally Whatever" won the 2015 National Poetry Slam Championship and received mainstream media coverage.[1][2]

Lozada-Oliva enrolled in New York University's MFA program for Creative Writing in fall 2017. As of spring 2019, she is also teaching a class there.[9] She published Peluda through Button Poetry shortly after enrollment. In it, Lozada-Oliva "explores, interrogates and redefines the intersections of Latina identity, feminism, hair removal & what it means to belong."[9]

In December 2018, Lozada-Oliva 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.[10]

Her verse novel Dreaming of You was released in 2021.[11][12]



  • Dreaming of You (2021)




  • 2015 National Poetry Slam Championship[9]
  • Brenda Moosey Video Slam winner[citation needed]


  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. ^ a b Cueto, Emma. "This Powerful Poem Takes On The Speech Police". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  3. ^ "STRENGTH OF DOVES | Melissa Lozada-Oliva". STRENGTH OF DOVES | Spoken Word Poetry. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  4. ^ Lo, Danica. "The Way Women Speak: Melissa Lozada-Oliva's Poetry Will Inspire You". Glamour. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  5. ^ Nelson, Jenny. "Melissa Lozada-Olivia (@ellomelissa) on Nihilistic Humor and Being an Alien". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  6. ^ "Interview: Melissa Lozada-Oliva". HerStry. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  7. ^ "Melissa Lozada-Oliva". Washington Square News. 2018-10-11. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  8. ^ "10 Questions With Melissa Lozada-Oliva". Mad Girl's Collective. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  9. ^ a b c Lozado-Oliva, Melissa. "About Melissa Lozada-Oliva". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  10. ^ "SAY MORE". Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  11. ^ "In 'Dreaming of You,' poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva reimagines Selena's legacy". Retrieved 2021-11-04.
  12. ^ Oliva, Alejandra. "In 'Dreaming of You,' Author Melissa Lozada-Oliva Uses Selena's Ghost to Deconstruct the Myth of Latinidad". Retrieved 2021-11-04.
  13. ^ a b c "Melissa Lozada-Oliva". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-25.

External links[edit]