The Afro YA promotes black young adult authors and YA books with black characters, especially those that influence Pennington, an aspiring YA author who believes that black YA readers need diverse books, creators, and stories so that they don’t have to search for their experiences like she did.
Latonya Pennington is a rising poet and freelance writer from the southern United States. Her poetry has been featured on SuperSelected magazine and Black Girl Nerds. She has written essays for The Mary Sue, Black Girl Nerds, Atlanta Blackstar, Afropunk, and For Harriet.
Latonya Pennington on young adult novel “Let’s Talk About Love” by Claire Kann.read more
On nerds in YA and the triumph of Felicia Abelard in G. L. Thomas’s THE UNFORGETTABLES.read more
On “social issues” books, sweet romance, and why representation matters in YA.read more
“We need diverse books, and we demand them. We demand them, we uplift the authors who write and represent them, and we tell the world about them.” Latonya Pennington’s inagural column for The Afro YA.read more