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Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon is an acclaimed writer of prose and poetry. In July 2016, Kensington Books published her debut novel UPTOWN THIEF, a Latina Robin Hood heist story on New York’s Lower East Side. On May 30, 2017, Kensington will publish the follow-up novel The Boss, and have contracted for two more books in the Justice Hustlers series in 2018 and 2019. Aya is the Director of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, teaching poetry and spoken word at UC Berkeley. Her work has received acclaim in the Village Voice, Washington Post, American Theatre Magazine, and has been featured on Def Poetry, in Essence Magazine, and various anthologies and journals. She was named best discovery in theater for 2004 by the SF Chronicle for “Thieves in the Temple : The Reclaiming of Hip Hop,” a solo show about fighting sexism and commercialism in hip hop.  


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