Aya de Leon

author – activist – faculty – mom

A SPY IN THE STRUGGLE due out in Dec 2020. SIDE CHICK NATION, wins first place International Latino Book Award.

On 9/12/20, SIDE CHICK NATION, the first novel published about Hurricane Maria, was selected for first place in the International Latino Book Awards for a novel in English that is … Continue reading

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ABOUT AYA

Novelist, poet, activist, mom, UC Berkeley faculty, hip hop theater artist…

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Aya’s Justice Hustlers series: UPTOWN THIEF, THE BOSS, THE ACCIDENTAL MISTRESS & SIDE CHICK NATION

Justice Hustlers reaches for a new language of urban women’s insurrection, at the intersection of wealth redistribution, sexual labor, and healthcare, all wrapped in brown romance.

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Reconciling Rage and Compassion: the Unfolding #MeToo Moment for Junot Diaz

It’s time to tell the whole truth about Junot Diaz. Last month, he came out with a powerful piece in the New Yorker about having been raped as a boy. … Continue reading

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Ten-year old girls take on the president in my new chapter book: EQUALITY GIRLS AND THE PURPLE REFLECTO-RAY

After the 2016 election, Reflection Press published a wonderful book: When A Bully is President:  Truth and Creativity for Oppressive Times, written and illustrated by Maya Gonzalez. The book’s audience … Continue reading

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Aya wins first place Independent Publisher Awards for UPTOWN THIEF, THE BOSS, THE ACCIDENTAL MISTRESS