Virtual Event: DREAMING OF YOU: A NOVEL IN VERSE by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Join us for a virtual event celebrating Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse by Melissa Lozada-OlivaDreaming of You is an absurd yet heartfelt examination of celebrity worship. Lozada-Oliva will be in conversation with Jonathan Mendoza


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.

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a nationally recognized writer and performer. She is the author of the poetry chapbook peluda. Her poems have appeared in such publications as Breakbeat Poets Vol 4: Latinext, Redivider, Wax Nine, the Poetry Project. Lozada-Oliva has been featured in Audible, Glamour Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Kenyon Review, BBC Mundo, and other media outlets. She earned her MFA from NYU.

Jonathan Mendoza is a Boston-bred, Chicago-based Jewish and Mexican-American poet, organizer, and social justice educator. He is a National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the Sonia Sanchez – Langston Hughes Poetry Prize, and a three-time award winner at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. He is also a proud, anxious Virgo, Greek yogurt enthusiast, and devout believer in the power of young people to shape this world for the better. Books, updates, and more information can be found at and @JMendoza010 on Twitter and Instagram.

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Image Description: A pale pink banner with a leaf pattern background featuring a photo of Melissa Lozada Oliva standing and shielding her eyes with on hand. Melissa is wearing a sleeveless pale yellow button down shirt and jeans. A shadow hides half of her her face. Beside this photograph is a the cover image of Dreaming of You, which features a red background and various illustrations in pink, brown, black and white. Centrally featued is a drawing of a femme figure in bed and in the left-hand corner hands with red-painted fingernails reaching through an open window.


Event date: 
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Virtual via Crowdcast
Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse By Melissa Lozada-Oliva Cover Image
ISBN: 9781662600593
Published: Astra House - October 26th, 2021