Aya de Leon

author – activist – faculty – mom

Welcome to Black Literature vs. the Climate Emergency!

Premiered on April 5th! Now streaming on YouTube anytime.

Black Literature vs. The Climate Emergency is a one-day, virtual conference to celebrate the power of Afro-Diasporic fiction, non-fiction and poetry/spoken word at the forefront of addressing the climate emergency and inviting a ramping up of literary efforts to document, imagine, and encourage the engagement Black communities in the movement for climate justice.

When we fight, we win!

Online Sessions

Conference Welcome: JOIN HERE

Aya de Leon – Afro-Futurism includes Black People joining the climate movement to save the future! Plus homage to Octavia Butler featuring student poet Conrad Loyer


Non-fiction: JOIN HERE

Emily Raboteau in conversation with Vanessa Nakate, moderated by Valencia Gunder (M4BL)


Fiction: JOIN HERE

Telling Stories of Our Movements Winning Climate Justice: Tory Stephens (Grist/Fix) in conversation with Aya de Leon, Moderated by Maya Lilly



Bernard Ferguson, Ashia Ajani, Kevin Aipopo, Kweku John, and Aniya Butler. Hosted by Guest Emcee Coco Peila


AFTERPARTY! Hosted by the California Working Families Party – video coming soon!

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

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