Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alaya Dawn Johnson is an award-winning author of fiction for adults and young readers. Her debut young adult novel, The Summer Prince, was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, and her follow-up novel, Love is the Drug, won the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has contributed to numerous young adult anthologies, including Zombies vs Unicorns, Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles, Feral Youth, and the forthcoming Come On In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding Home. Her novelette, “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i” won the Nebula Award and appeared in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, guest edited by Joe Hill. Her debut literary adult novel, Trouble the Saints was published by Tor in July 2020, and her debut collection of short fiction, Reconstruction, will publish in November 2020 from Small Beer Press. She currently lives in Mexico, where she attained her Masters in Mesoamerican Studies, and is currently working on her next young adult novel.


Jill Grinberg