Episode 6: Marcos Damián León | University of California, Riverside
Marcos Damián León of the University of California, Riverside talks about crafting young adult fiction, taking courses outside the department, navigating higher ed as a first-generation student, and helping young readers consider big themes like gender roles and educational equity.
What’s it like to be a YA writer in an MFA program? Jared talks to Marcos Damián León of the University of California, Riverside about crafting young adult fiction, taking courses outside the department, navigating higher ed as a first-generation student, and helping young readers consider big themes like gender roles and educational equity.

Marcos Damián León is a teacher and writer from the Salinas Valley. He is a first-year Ph.D. student at Texas Tech University, and a recent graduate of the University of California, Riverside's MFA program. He is currently working on a young adult novel about two boys deciding what kind of men they want to be. His work has appeared in The LA Review of Books, The Acentos Review, under the gum tree, and The Monterey County Weekly. Follow him on Instagram @damleon.
Mentions:

· Voices of Our Nation (VONA)
· Daniel José Older
· Nalo Hopkinson, Professor, UC-Riverside
· Neil Gaiman
· Michael Jayme, Associate Professor, UC-Riverside
· Alex Espinoza, Associate Professor, UC-Riverside 
· Morgan Parker

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