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 community 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, MFA in Literary Arts (Poetry) from Brown University, and is a PhD (ABD) 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 are Undercastle (Magic Helicopter Press, 2013 & 2016) and The Wes Letters (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 2018. She is working on a second poetry collection, Thundercastle, and an autobiographical screenplay about growing up in board-and-care facilities. Her poems have appeared in PEN America, Open Space, Poetry Foundation, Fence, among others.
Based in Chicago and the Southern California desert with Ben Segal, she makes chapbooks for Museum Of Expensive Things, is a poetry editor for Los Angeles Review of Books, and is a co-organizer of Desert Poetry. From 2017-2019, she is a Master's candidate in clinical social work at the School of Social Work Administration supported by a Dean's Distinguished Leadership scholarship at The University of Chicago.