Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon Brief Biography

Aya de Leon (born 1967 in Los Angeles) is a novelist who teaches at the University of California Berkeley. She first came to national attention as a spoken word artist in the underground poetry scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a hip-hop theater artist. de Leon is of Puerto Rican, African American, and West Indian heritage, and much of her work explores issues of race, gender, socio-economic class, body and nation.

She attended Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts. After, she returned to the Bay Area and began to perform spoken word, she won a spot on the San Francisco Slam Team (they won the Western Region Poetry Slam in 2000). From 1998-2008 she toured extensively as an independent artist. In 2001, she began to develop the hip hop theater show, "Thieves in the Temple: The Reclaiming of Hip Hop" focused on fighting sexism and consumerism in hip hop She began her college teaching career at Stanford University in 2001. In 2006, she was chosen as the Director of June Jordan's Poetry for the People at UC Berkeley, where she currently teaches poetry and spoken word. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles.

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