Aya de León teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books published her feminist heist novels UPTOWN THIEF in 2016 (first place winner of the International Latino Book Awards), THE BOSS in 2017, and THE ACCIDENTAL MISTRESS in 2018 (all of which won first place Independent Publisher Awards). The Justice Hustlers series continues with SIDE CHICK NATION in 2019 about the hurricane in Puerto Rico, and in 2020 Kensington will publish Aya’s first espionage novel, A SPY IN THE STRUGGLE about FBI infiltration of an African American political organization. Aya’s work has also appeared in Essence, Ebony, Guernica, Writers Digest, Bitch Magazine, VICE, The Root, Ploughshares, and on Def Poetry, and she’s an advice columnist for Mutha Magazine. Aya is at work on a black/Latina spy girl series for teens called GOING DARK with some story-within-a-story elements of science fiction/fantasy. She is an alumna of Cave Canem and VONA. Visit her online at ayadeleon.com, on Twitter at @AyadeLeon or on Facebook or Instagram at @ayadeleonwrites.