Green Festival Speakers

Aya de Leon



Aya de Leon is the Director of June Jordan's Poetry for the People program, teaching poetry and spoken word at UC Berkeley. Her work has received acclaim in the Village Voice, Washington Post, American Theatre Magazine, and has been featured on Def Poetry, and in Essence Magazine. She was named best discovery in theater by the SF Chronicle for "Thieves in the Temple : The Reclaiming of Hip Hop," a solo show about fighting sexism and commercialism in hip hop. In 2004, she received a Goldie award from the SF Bay Guardian in spoken word for “Thieves…” and her subsequent show “Aya de Leon is Running for President.” She has also been voted "Slamminest Poet" in the East Bay Express. She is currently working on two novels: a New York feminist heist caper, and a spy novel where the FBI infiltrates an eco-racial justice organization in the Bay Area.