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november, 2021

04novthuMelissa Lozada-Oliva: Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Event Type :Virtual Event

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Dreaming of You: A Novel in VerseMelissa Lozada-Oliva

Melissa Lozada-Oliva presents Dreaming of Youan absurd yet heartfelt examination of celebrity worship. In this macabre novel in verse, a lonely Latinx poet named Melissa resurrects Tejano pop star Selena from the dead.

 On Thursday, November 4, join Melissa Lozada—Oliva and musical guest Palehound for a virtual discussion, reading, and musical performance in celebration of the release of Dreaming of You. The event will be streamed via our FB page



A young Latinx poet grappling with loneliness and heartache decides one day to bring Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla back to life. The séance kicks off an uncanny trip narrated by a Greek chorus of gossiping spirits as she journeys through a dead celebrity prom, encounters her shadow self, and performs karaoke in hell.

In visceral poems embodying millennial angst, paragraph-long conversations overheard at her local coffeeshop, and unhinged Twitter rants, Lozada-Oliva reveals an eerie, sometimes gruesome, yet moving love story.

Playfully morbid and profoundly candid, an interrogation of Latinidad, womanhood, obsession, and disillusionment, Dreaming of You grapples with the cost of being seen for your truest self.

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Melissa Lozada-Oliva is the child of Guatemalan and Colombian immigrants. She co-hosts the podcast Say More and is a member of the band Meli and the Specs. She holds an MFA in poetry from NYU and her writing has been featured in RemezclaPAPERThe GuardianThe BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4WirecutterVultureBustleGlamourThe Huffington PostMuzzle MagazineThe Poetry Project, Audible, and BBC Mundo. She is from Massachusetts and lives in New York City.

The third full-length from Boston-based trio Palehound, Black Friday is a finespun exploration of all the forms that love can take: love between friends, love for people no longer in your life, love in the face of self-hate, love that endures through major life changes or through many tiny catastrophes. With her thoughtful narrative voice, Palehound singer/songwriter Ellen Kempner imbues each song on the album with a radical sensitivity, an unchecked depth of feeling that ultimately sparks a greater open-heartedness within the listener.

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