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Natashia Deón

Natashia Deón is an NAACP Image Award Nominee and 2017 American Library Association's Black Caucus Award Winner for Best Debut Fiction for her novel "Grace" which was also named a New York Times Top Book and a Kirkus Review Best Book of the Year. Deón is a Pamela Krasney Moral Courage Fellow and recipient of a PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship and has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yale, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, Prague's Creative Writing Program, Dickinson House in Belgium, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. In 2017, Deón was a U.S. Delegate to Armenia as part of the U.S. Embassy's reconciliation project between Turkey and Armenia in partnership with the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside--Palm Desert. A practicing criminal attorney, law professor, and UCLA Creative Writing Professor, Deón is the mother of two, and is the creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series' Dirty Laundry Lit and The Table.