Poetry chapbook Crystal Marys 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 & raised in a Filipino diaspora in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. In the early 1980s to the mid 2000s, her family operated board-and-care homes for adults with emotional and mental health issues and cognitive and physical disabilities. During this time, she was first exposed to this type of care work in the context of a shared home.
She holds a BA in Writing & Literature and minor in Religious Studies from Naropa University, MFA in Literary Arts (Poetry) from Brown University, and is a PhD (ABD) candidate at European Graduate School. 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 include Undercastle (Magic Helicopter Press) and The Wes Letters (Outpost19). Her chapbooks are An Essay Of Things About Someone I First Met and Spent Time With For One Day in Tokyo (Magic Helicopter Press) and Crystal Marys (Scary Topiary Press). Her generative poetry book, Roulette, is forthcoming from Make Now Books in 2019.
Meanwhile, she is working on another poetry collection, Thundercastle, and a screenplay about growing up in board-and-care homes in Los Angeles. Her poems have appeared in PEN America, Open Space, Poetry Foundation, Fence, and others. Based in Chicago and the Southern California desert with Ben Segal, she irregularly makes chapbooks for Museum Of Expensive Things, sometimes edits poetry for Los Angeles Review of Books, and co-organizes Desert Poetry.
She is a master's candidate in clinical social work at the School of Social Work Administration at the University of Chicago. After having trained as a clinical case worker for a housing program in 2017-2018, she is presently training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at a community mental health center in Chicago.