Aya de Leon

author – activist – faculty – mom

Aya’s novel SIDE CHICK NATION, first published novel of Hurricane Maria

in June 2019, SIDE CHICK NATION was the first novel published about Hurricane Maria. Aya’s fourth “Justice Hustlers” feminist heist novel, which follows UPTOWN THIEF, THE BOSS, and THE ACCIDENTAL … 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