6:30pm, Open to the public!
Join us to celebrate Feliz Lucia Molina’s chapbook Crystal Marys (Scary Topiary, 2016).
This reading is part of the Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Reading Series organized by Soham Patel.
ABOUT CRYSTAL MARYS
Written from the impassive surface of the Internet and the high desert of Southern California, Crystal Marys is a field study of social-media fatigue, suburban youth, Filipino immigrancy, a denim day job in LA’s garment district, and other sites of crystallized dis/enchantment. Molina traces life’s “beautiful unreliable narrative logic” by the devotional images of our times—the Virgin Mary, emoji, family photos, profile pics, etc.
Saddle-stitched binding and silk-screened covers. Art by Emily Pauline Fanny Dart-McLean Harris, Shola Wynne Lawson, and Feliz Lucia Molina. Edition of 129.
ABOUT FELIZ LUCIA MOLINA
Feliz Lucia Molina was born & raised in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, to Filipino immigrant parents who ran crisis heterotopias from the early 1980s to mid 2000s. During this time, she lived in various houses converted into board-and-care facilities for persons with cognitive and physical disabilities.
She holds a BA in Writing & Literature and minor in Religious Studies from Naropa University and MFA in Literary Arts (Poetry) from Brown University. A recipient of poetry fellowships from Kundiman and The MacDowell Colony, she taught poetry at Brown University, Cal State San Marcos, and UC San Diego.
Her books are Undercastle (Magic Helicopter Press, 2013 & 2016) and The Wes Letters (Outpost19, 2014). Her chapbooks are An Essay Of Things About Someone I First Met and Spent Time With For One Day in Tokyo (Magic Helicopter Press, 2014) and Crystal Marys (Scary Topiary Press, 2016). Her generative poetry book, Roulette, is forthcoming from Make Now Books. She is working on a second poetry collection, Thundercastle, and an autobiographical screenplay about board-and-care facilities. Her work has appeared in PEN America, Jacket2, Open Space, Fence, among others.
Based in Chicago with Ben Segal, she makes chapbooks for Museum Of Expensive Things, is a poetry editor for Los Angeles Review of Books, contributor to HTML GIANT, and a co-organizer of Desert Poetry. In the Fall of 2017 she will be a candidate in the School of Social Work Administration supported by a Dean's Distinguished Leadership scholarship at The University of Chicago.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Woodland Pattern Book Center and Kundiman present a reading and discussion series featuring chapbooks by Kundiman fellows currently hailing from the midwest. The events will celebrate new work and examine the role of the chapbook in small press publishing.
Saturday, November 11 - Franny Choi
Death by Sex Machine
Sibling Rivalry Press
Thursday, February 15 - Noel Pabillo Mariano
Dispatches from the Mushroom Kingdom
Hyacinth Girl Press
Wednesday, March 14 - Suman Chhabra
Saturday, April 14 – Lo Kwa Mei-en