MFA Students

Lucia LoTempio


Lucia LoTempio proudly hails from Buffalo, NY. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Sociology from SUNY Geneseo, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. She was a finalist for the Black Warrior Review 10th Annual Contest in Poetry, as well as the recipient of the Mary A. Thomas Award in Poetry. Lucia writes poetry and nonfiction, and has been or will be published in LinebreakVinyl PoetryBayou MagazineaptThrush Poetry Journal, and more. Her critical endeavors tend to focus on gender, post-colonialism, contemporary Black British literature, and the fluidity of language.

Lucia teaches composition at Pitt, and has been a mentor in the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program. She is TESOL/TEFL certified and has taught English abroad. Currently, she works as an intern for VIDA: Woman in Literary Arts, where she conducts research for the organization's annual VIDA Count. Lucia also serves as Managing Editor for The Adroit Journal, does publicity for H_NGM_N, and reads for Slice Magazine. Additionally, as a proud SUNY alumna, she remains a contributing editor for Gandy Dancer.

Some bubblegum wrapper facts: She is an avid watcher of Chopped and has delusions that one day she will compete on the show. She is a sucker for tiny animals and tiny babies. She loves the Netherlands, but dislikes biking. She has an unhealthy obsession with the octopus emoji. She is connoisseur of origami boats. She can’t touch her toes, but, like many things in her life, she’s working on it.

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