October 27, 2021

Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes celebrated poet MELISSA LOZADA-OLIVA for a discussion of her debut novel, Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse. She will be joined in conversation by SADIE DUPUIS, lead singer of Speedy Ortiz and author of Mouthguard: Poems.


Melissa Lozada-Oliva's Dreaming of You is an absurd yet heartfelt examination of celebrity worship.

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.

About Author(s)

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. 4WirecutterVultureBustleGlamour, the Huffington PostMuzzle MagazineThe Poetry ProjectAudible, and BBC Mundo. She is from Massachusetts and lives in New York City.

Sadie Dupuis is the guitarist, songwriter & singer of rock band Speedy Ortiz, as well as the producer & multi-instrumentalist behind pop project Sad13. Sadie heads the record label Wax Nine, edits its poetry journal, and has written for outlets including SpinNylon, and Playboy. She holds an MFA in poetry from UMass Amherst, where she also taught writing. Mouthguard, her first book, was published in 2018 (Gramma, Black Ocean). Her most recent album is Sad13’s Haunted Painting (2020).