Aya de León

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Aya de León

Lecturer, Director of Poetry for the People

E: adeleon@berkeley.edu


Aya de León continues the legacy of June Jordan as the Director of Poetry for the People, teaching poetry and spoken word. Kensington Books publishes her Justice Hustlers feminist heist novels, which have won first place International Latino Book Awards and Independent Publisher Awards. Her latest in the series is SIDE CHICK NATION the first novel published about Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. In 2021 Kensington will publish her first spy novel, about FBI infiltration of an African American eco-racial justice organization. Aya’s work has also appeared in Guernica, Writers Digest, Essence, Bitch Magazine, Ebony, VICE, The Root, Ploughshares, and on Def Poetry, where she writes about race, class, gender, culture and climate action.