Aya de Leon directs the Poetry for the People program, teaching creative writing at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her “Justice Hustlers” feminist heist novels, which have won first place International Latino Book Awards and Independent Publisher Awards. Her latest in the series is “Side Chick Nation,” the first novel published about Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. In 2021, Kensington will publish her first spy novel, about FBI infiltration of an African American eco-racial justice organization. Aya’s work has also appeared in Guernica, Writers Digest, Essence, Bitch Magazine, Ebony, VICE, The Root, Ploughshares, and on Def Poetry, where she writes about race, class, gender, culture and climate action.
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