POC/NA Authors

The following is a growing list of authors of color who have had a significant contribution to Young Adult literature in the United States.My basic criteria is that the author has published a minimum of 3 books, one in the past 2 or 3 years.

African American

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Allison Whittenberg

Amir Abrams

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Angela Johnson

Bil Wright

Balogun Ojetade

Brandi Colbert

Brenda Woods

Carla Sarratt

Carole Boston Weatherford

Celeste O. Norfleet

Charles R. Smith

Chris Ledbetter

Chris L. Terry

Christopher John Farley

Christopher Paul Curtis

Coe Booth

Colin Bootman

Craig  Laurance Gidney

Deborah Gregory

Denene Millner

Denise Lewis Patrick

Derrick Barnes

Dhonielle Clayton

Dream Jordan

Earl Sewell

Ernest Hill

Greg Neri

Jacqueline Woodson

Jaime Reed

Jamie Adoff

Jasmine Richards (Afro British)

Jason Reynolds

Javaka Steptoe

Jessamyn Ward

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Joyce Carol Thomas

Joyce Hansen

Julius Lester

Justina Ireland

Karen Simpson

Kekla Magoon

Kimberly Reid

Lamar Giles

L. Divine

LeSean Thomas

Marilyn Nelson

Nalo Hopkinson

Nikki Carter

Nikki Grimes

 Ni Ni Simone

Nnedi Okorafor

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich 

Patrick Henry Bass

Patricia McKissack

Paula Chase

Philana Marie Boles

Rachel Renee Russell

Rita Williams-Garcia

S. A. M. Posey

Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Sharon Draper

Sharon Flake

Shelia P. Moses

Sherri L. Smith

Sherri Winston

Sonia Hayes

Stephanie Kuehn

Stephanie Moore-Perry

Sundee Frasier

Tanita S. Davis

Theresa E. Harris

Tololwa Mollel

Tonya Bolden

Tonya Cherie Hegamin

Torrey Maldenado

Traci L. Jones

Tracey Baptiste

Troy CLE

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Walter Dean Myers

Winifred Burton

Zetta Elliott (Afro Canadian)

Asian  American

Adeline Yen Mah (Chinese American)

Amy Zhang

Aisha Saeed

An Na(Korean American)

Anjali Banerjee(Asian-Indian American)

Candy Gourley

Charlotte Huang

Cindy Pon

Cynthia Kadohata (Japanese American)

Dan Santat

Daniel Nayeri(Iranian American)

David Yoo (Chinese American)

Dina Nayeri (Iranian American)

E.C. Myers

Ellen Oh

Erika Lee (Chinese American)

Erin Entrada Kelly (Filipino American)

F. Lit Yu

Fonda Lee (Chinese Canadian)

Francis Lee Hall (Chinese American)

Gene Luen Yang (Chinese American)

Grace Lin (Taiwanese American)

Hiromi Goto  (Japanese Canadian)

Janet Wong (Chinese Korean American)

Jenny Han (Asian American)

Julie Kagawa (Japanese American)

Justina Chen (Taiwanese American)

Kristen Simmons

Kristi Shen

Ilene W. Gregorio

Isamu Fukui

Jasmine Warga (Turkish American)

Karen Bao

Kashmira Sheth (Asian-Indian American)

Kavita Daswani

Kazu Kibuishi

Ken Mochizuki (Japanese American)

Kendare Blake (Korean American)

Ki-Wing Merlin

Laurence Yep(Chinese American)

Leila Rasheed (Bangladeshi/British)

Lenore Look(Chinese American)

Lensey Namioka(Chinese American)

Linda Sue Park(Korean American)

Lisa Yee(Chinese American)

Livia Blackburne

Malinda Lo(Chinese American)

Many Ly

Marie Lu

Mariko Tamaki(Japanese/Jewish Canadian)

Marina  Tamar Budhos (Indo Caribbean)

Marty Chan (Chinese Canadian)

May-Lee Chai(Chinese/Irish American)

Meghan Nuttall Syres

Milly Lee(Chinese American)

Mitali Perkins (Asian-Indian American)

Naomi Shihab Nye (Palenstinian American)

Narinder Dhami (Asian-Indian British)

Neesha Meminger  (Asian Indian Canadian)

N. H. Senzai

Padma Venkatraman (Asian Indian American)

Paula Yoo (Korean American)

Paul Yee (Chinese American)

Randa Abdel-Fattah (Palestinian/Egyptian Australian)

Rich Lo

Rin Chupeco

Sabaa Tahir

Sara Farizan (Iranian American)

Sarvenaz Tash

Sarwat Chadda (East Indian-British)

Sheba Karim

Sita Brahmachari (Asian Indian British)

Sonia Charaipotra

Soman Chainani (Indian American)

Stacey H. Lee (Chinese American)

Tahereh Mafi (Asian American)

Thanhha Lai

Uma Krishnaswami (Asian Indian American)

Valynne E. Maetani 

Varsha Bajaj(Asian Indian American)

Veera Hirandandani

Virginia  Loh Hagan (Chinese-American)

Vivek Shraya

Lori M. Lee

Y. S. Lee (Chinese Canadian)

Yoshiko Uchida (Japanese American)

Kat Zhang

Latinx

Alex Sanchez
Adam Silvera
Alisa Valdés
Alma Flor Ada
Angela Cervantes
Anna-Marie McLemore
Ava Jae
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Bettina Restrepo
Caridad Ferrer
Charles Rice González
Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Christina García
Cindy L. Rodriguez
Claudia Guadalupe Martínez
Claudia Meléndez
Courtney Alameda
Danette Vigilante
Daniel Jose Older
David Bowles
David Hernandez
Diane Gonzales Bertrand
Diana López
Donna Freitas
e. E. Charlton-Trujillo
Erika L. Sánchez
Estela Bernal
Eva Darrows
Francisco Jiménez
Francisco X. Stork
Gaby Triana
Gabby Rivera
Gary Soto
Gloria Velásquez
Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Ziegler
Joe Jiménez
Guadelupe Garcia McCall
Hillary Manahan
Isabel Quintero
Jennifer Cervantes
Jennifer Mathieu
Jenny Torres Sanchez
Jorge Aguirre
Juan Felipe Herrera
Julia Alvarez
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Kelly Loy Gilbert
Kelly Parra
Kim Baker
Latifa Sanchez
Lila Quintero Weaver
Lydia Gil
Lynn Joseph
Malin Alegria
Margarita Engle
Maria E. Andreu
Marjorie Agosín
Matt de la Peña
Meg Medina
Melissa Gray
Nancy Osa
Nicholasa Mohr
Nicola Yoon
Olive Senior
Pam Muñoz Ryan
Patrick Flores-Scott
Rafael Rosado
Raúl the Third
Ray Villareal
René Saldana Jr
Rigoberto González
Samantha Mabry
Sindy Felin
Socorro Acioli
Sofia Quintero
Sonia Manzano
Stephanie Kuehn
Steven dos Santos
Tony Medina
Torrey Maldonado
Xavier Garza
Veronica Chambers
Viola Canales
Will Alexander
Yasmin Shiraz
Yxta Maya Murray
Zoraida Córdova

 

Mixed Race

Anna Perera (Sri Lankan/European)

Crystal Chan

Kimberly Pauley (Chinese/mixed race American)

Renee Ahdieh

Valeria Tejeda

Native American

Allen Sockabasin (Passamaquoddy)

Carla Messinger (Turtle Clan Lenape)

Chad Solomon (Ojibwe)

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Daniel H. Wilson

Delphine Red Shirt

Jacqueline Guest

Jan Bourdeau Waboose (Nishnawbe Ojibway)

Joseph Bruchac  (Abenaki)

Joseph M. Marshall III (Sicangu Lakota/Rosebud Sioux)

Joy Harjo (Mvskoke)

Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in – Raven Clan)

Laura Tohe (Diné /Navajo)

MIchael Kusugak (Inuit)

Nicola Campbell (Nle7kepmx, Nsilx and Métis)

Richard Van Camp (Dogrib / Tlicho)

Robbie Robertson (Mohawk)

S. D. Nelson  (Standing Rock Sioux)

Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene)

Simon Ortiz

Tim Tingle  (Choctaw)

Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve  (Lakota Sioux)

Yvonne Wakim Dennis (Cherokee/Sand Hill/Syrian)

Pacific Isander

Heidi Helig