10 Questions With Melissa Lozada-Oliva

If you haven’t heard of Melissa Lozada-Oliva, you should definitely do a quick search. You’ll find her slam poetry and podcast pretty quickly.

We sat down with her to talk about creativity, her process, and some other things you’ll have to read to find out.

via Instagram  @ellomelissa

via Instagram @ellomelissa

Mad Girl’s Collective: I’d love to know more about your poetry! Did you always write? How did you get into it?

Melissa Lozada-Oliva: I’ve always written, and then I came into slam poetry in college and just kept doing it. This is generally a very boring story because it’s just something that I love that I kept working hard at.

Was there ever a time when you thought you might not like to be a writer anymore?

Literally, all the time. I’m like, why do I do this?

Sometimes I can be very sporadic in my work. I’ll go through a really productive week or two and then have a month where I just binge-watch Grey’s Anatomy. Do you find you write in spurts, or do you have a consistent routine that you follow?

I try to have a routine, but I like to respect when I can’t write at all. Because that means I haven’t consumed enough books or music or something, and I need to reset and learn something.

If you do have a routine, how do you keep yourself from getting lost in the endless scroll of Instagram and other mundane distractions?

I don’t bring my charger with me, and I let my phone die.

I really give you props for constantly putting out new poems, your podcast, and going on tour. How do you stay motivated? What advice would you give someone who is feeling discouraged to share their work?

Just do it! You have nothing to lose. I put out new stuff all the time because I am restless and need attention, and I also need to make money.

This is predictable question, but who are some women that have inspired you and why?

Jamie Loftus, Olivia Gatwood, Mitra Jouhari, and Lizzo.

Let’s talk about mean girls. How do you deal with them?

I make friends with them.

How can women better support women?

Destroying capitalism.

What’s a quintessentially weird New York story you can tell us?

A girl on a platform kept staring at me. We got on the same J train home. We sat in the same car. We got off at the same stop.The whole time she kept staring at me. Walking down the Myrtle Ave stairs, she looked back at me. Finally, I realized she was my ex’s ex-girlfriend, who opened the door once when I came to see him and rang the doorbell.

What’s your favorite thing about living in New York and also your least favorite thing about living in New York?

Love bridges and live shows and new friends. HATE getting stuck underground on the subway and not having enough money.

Who are some creators, artists, or female entrepreneurs we should be following right now? Who would you like to see us interview next?

You should interview the founders of the Visible Poetry Project! They marry poetry to film and it’s rad.

Be sure to check out Melissa’s Instagram and subscribe to her podcast, SAY MORE.