Aya de Leon

author – activist – faculty – mom

A SPY IN THE STRUGGLE out now! SIDE CHICK NATION, wins first place International Latino Book Award.

Aya’s first standalone novel is out now, A SPY IN THE STRUGGLE. A young Black woman attorney working for the FBI is unexpectedly sent to infiltrate an African American eco-racial justice … 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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My Latest Novel QUEEN OF URBAN PROPHECY is out & It’s Bigger than Hip Hop

In the early 00s, I was a hip hop and hip hop theater artist. My emphasis was on the latter, but I did do a few club shows, and I … Continue reading

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