Chapbook of poems Crystal Marys was released in summer 2016 & is available from Scary Topiary Press
"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." - Scary Topiary Press
was born and 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 an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. A recipient of poetry fellowships from Kundiman and The MacDowell Colony, she has received grants to be a writer resident at Camac Centre d'Art in France, Mustarinda House in Finland, The Unifiedfield Nomadic Artist Residency in the Philippines, and Can Serrat in Spain. She taught poetry and creative writing at Brown University, SUNY Buffalo, Cal State San Marcos, and UC San Diego.
Her books are Undercastle (Magic Helicopter Press, 2013 & 2016) and The Wes Letters (co-authored with Ben Segal and Brett Zehner, 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 in 2017. She is currently working on a second collection of poems, Thundercastle, and recently completed a semi-autobiographical TV pilot about a Filipino immigrant family who runs a board-and-care home in Los Angeles.
Based in Hyde Park, Chicago and Joshua Tree, California, with Ben Segal, she makes chapbooks for Museum Of Expensive Things, is a poetry editor for Los Angeles Review of Books, contributor to HTMLGIANT, and is a co-organizer of Desert Poetry festival that will take place in the high desert of Southern California in April, 2017.