Please give a warm welcome to the first of our three applicants for a tenure track hire in fiction as she makes her campus visit next week and reads in Pfau Library Special Collections at 6pm, Thursday, Jan. 31.
Felicia Luna Lemus is the author of two novels—Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003) and Like Son (Akashic Books, 2007). She has taught at Antioch University’s Master of Fine Arts Program in fiction, the New School, the UCLA Writers’ Program, as a kindergarten teacher in urban Los Angeles where she grew up—and she as been a featured speaker at Stanford, Yale, Cornell and Harvard. Her important, gender-bending fiction blends gritty Los Angeles settings with Mexican culture and mythos in a necessary witnessing (re-witnessing) of misunderstood barrios in both crisis and celebration.
“Felicia Luna Lemus’s fresh yet plain-spoken prose roots us in today’s sad and sweeping chaos, as hope, love, and wild myth propel her unique characters into an unknown future.”
“Offers deep insights into familia and cultura…” —Latina Magazine
“Lemus is a truly talented storyteller. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal
“Bursting at the seams with pizzazz and invention…”—San Francisco Chronicle
If you have any questions, email Chad Sweeney.