By Aya de Leon
Aya de Leon directs the Poetry for the People program in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley. Her work has appeared in Essence Magazine, Ebony, Woman's Day, Writers Digest, Guernica, Fusion, Reductress, Quartz, Hip Mama, The Honest Courtesan, and Bitch Magazine. She blogs about culture, gender, and race at andayadeleon.wordpress.com, and about being a debut novelist at TheDebutanteBall.com. Kensington Books will be publishing her feminist heist novel Uptown Thief in 2016.