Aya de Leon is a novelist and director of the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her feminist heist series, Justice Hustlers: UPTOWN THIEF in 2016 (winner of Independent Publisher and International Latino Book Awards), THE BOSS in 2017, and THE ACCIDENTAL MISTRESS in 2018. The series addresses issues such as radical wealth redistribution, women's healthcare, labor organizing, immigration, sex work and sex trafficking, and the next book in the series will address colonization and climate change in Puerto Rico. Her work has received acclaim in the Washington Post, Village Voice, SF Chronicle, Jacobin, and The Establishment. Her writing has appeared in Ebony, Guernica, Ploughshares, The Feminist Wire, Huffington Post, The Toast, Quartz,
Essence, Bitch Magazine, VICE, Movement Strategy Center, and on Def Poetry. She is also at work on a picture book to help talk to children about racism, a YA novel called GOING DARK, about a teen girl whose parents are part of an international, Pan African spy organization, as well as OPERATION HOLOGRAM, an adult spy novel about FBI infiltration of an African American political organization. She has been active in the peace movement, in Black and Puerto Rican community organizing, the feminist movement, and organizing parents and young children in the Movement for Black Lives. She blogs and tweets about race, gender, and culture at @AyadeLeon and ayadeleon.com.