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Luisa Fels

Los Angeles, California, United States


Luisa Fels lives with her husband, Michael, in California, some of the time in the wildness of northwest Sonoma County and some of the time in Los Angeles. She has lived and taught English composition in Japan, Greece, and Malaysia; she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mato Grosso, Brazil; she’s also taught in adult school programs and in colleges and universities on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, in California, and in El Paso and Austin, Texas. She and Michael have birthed, adopted and/or fostered five children, who have given them, till now, a rainbow of eight spectacular grandchildren.

Like Molly Ives, the protagonist of Miss Molly Coyote, Luisa grew up during the Great Depression and World War II on a hardscrabble ranch in the San Rafael Mountains of Santa Barbara County. She played clarinet and oboe in high school and college and later studied pottery. She now plays recorder and concertina. She has lived by herself in the Cascades wilderness; she’s ridden, solo, a bicycle from the south of France to the north of Scotland, and she’s ridden, solo, a Vespa motor scooter from Los Olivos, California, to Providence, Rhode Island. In other respects her writing is fiction.

Three of her stories have appeared in The Santa Barbara Review, a poem, elegy, appeared in UCLA’s West/Word IV, and The Northwest Literary Alliance has published the 2000 Hejira Fiction chapbook contest winner, Miss Molly Coyote. Miss Molly Coyote is her first novel. .

Interests: nature, music, art, camping, dawgs, birds, family

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No