Felicia Gonzalez was born in Cuba. She believes that language and the act of speaking are not only physical, but also have a geographic presence. An alumna of the Hedgebrook Writers Retreat and the curator for the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Program, her writing has received numerous awards including an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship. A poet and short fiction writer, she was awarded an individual artists grant from the Office of Arts and Culture, City of Seattle to produce the chapbook Recollection Graffiti. Felicia is currently working on a collection of interrelated short stories, Swimming in Mercury, exploring the relationship of language to identity, which have received support from 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.