Aya de Leon

About Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon teaches creative writing in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her feminist heist series, Justice Hustlers: UPTOWN THIEF in 2016 (winner of Independent Publisher and International Latino Book Awards), THE BOSS in 2017, and THE ACCIDENTAL MISTRESS in 2018. She also authored the children’s picture book puffy: people whose hair defies gravity. She has received acclaim in the Washington Post, Village Voice, SF Chronicle, and The Establishment. Her work has also appeared in Ebony, Guernica, Writers Digest, Huffington Post, The Toast, VICE, Quartz, Essence, Bitch Magazine and on Def Poetry. She is also at work on a children’s picture book to help talk to children about racism, a black girl spy YA novel called Going Dark, and an adult spy novel about FBI infiltration of an African American political organization. She blogs and tweets about race, gender, and culture at @AyadeLeon and ayadeleon.com.

 



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