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Panel | Writing for Social Justice

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Aya De Leon

Aya de Leon is an acclaimed writer of prose and poetry. Kensington Books publishes her Justice Hustlers series: UPTOWN THIEF (2016), THE BOSS (2017), THE ACCIDENTAL MISTRESS (2018) and SIDE CHICK NATION (2019), the first novel published about Hurricane Maria. Books in the series have won first place in both the Independent Publisher awards and the International Latino Book Awards. She is also the director of June Jordan's Poetry for the People and teaches at UC Berkeley.

Kim Shuck

Kim Shuck was born in San Francisco, California, and is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She received a BA in Art and an MFA in Textiles from San Francisco State University. Shuck is the author of Deer Trails, forthcoming from City Lights Books in October 2019), Clouds Running In (Taurean Horn Press, 2014), Rabbit Stories (Poetic Matrix Press, 2013), and Smuggling Cherokee (Greenfield Review Press, 2005), as well as of the chapbook collection Sidewalk Ndn (FootHills Press, 2018). In 2019, Shuck was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. She currently works at the California College of Art in the Diversity department and serves as the poet laureate of San Francisco, California.

Wanda Sabir

Wanda Ali Batin Sabir is a journalist and author, moonlighting as an English professor at College of Alameda. She is also a Depth Psychologist, with deep roots in the bayous of Louisiana where she was born. Her interests and expertise are trauma and trauma healing – Maafa, specifically ancestral memories, dream tending and the use of art and guided Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to stimulate those forgotten conversations, especially among Diaspora descendants.

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