Natashia Deón is a 2018-2019 LA Times Book Award Judge for Fiction and Debut Fiction, a 2017 NAACP Image Award Nominee and author of the critically-acclaimed novel, GRACE (Counterpoint Press), which garnered the Image Award nomination, the 2017 American Library Association, Black Caucus Award Winner for Best Debut Fiction, was named a New York Times Top Book 2016, a Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016, a Book Riot, The Root, and Entropy Magazine Favorite Book of 2016.
A practicing criminal attorney, law professor, and UCLA creative writing professor, Deón is the mother of two and the creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series’ Dirty Laundry Lit and The Table.
Deón was a U.S. Delegate to Armenia in 2017 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 and is a Pamela Krasney Moral Courage Fellow, a 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. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside–Palm Desert.
Her writing has appeared in Lenny, American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, LA Review of Books, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, Rattling Wall and other places.