Aya de Leon directs the Poetry for the People program, teaching creative writing in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley. Her work has appeared in Ebony, Guernica, Woman’s Day, Writers Digest, Mutha Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Racialicious, and on Def Poetry. Her debut novel UPTOWN THIEF, a feminist heist featuring a Latina Robin Hood heroine on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, was published by Kensington Books in 2016. The sequel, THE BOSS, about a group of New York strippers that need to rob the Ukrainian mob to succeed in their quest to unionize, will be published in June 2017. She blogs and tweets about culture, gender, and race at @AyadeLeon and ayadeleon. com.