Aya de Leon

author – activist – faculty – mom

Aya’s novel SIDE CHICK NATION out 6/25: first published novel of Hurricane Maria

On June 25th, SIDE CHICK NATION will be the first novel to be published about Hurricane Maria, from Kensington Publishing. Aya’s fourth “Justice Hustlers” feminist heist novel, which follows UPTOWN … 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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New Yorker film critic confuses Constance Wu & Janet Jackson in a Hustlers #ReviewFAIL

Richard Brody, the New Yorker’s film critic, has proven himself utterly unqualified to review “Hustlers.” The film is is based on a true crime article, about a group of exotic dancers … Continue reading

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