About DiYA

As of Dec. 9, 2015, we are on hiatus and are not currently publishing new guest posts or content. Thank you for visiting!

Diversity in YA was founded in 2011 by authors Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo as a website and book tour. While the tour is over, we revived the website on Tumblr in February 2013, and we relaunched DiversityinYA.com in January 2014. We celebrate young adult books about all kinds of diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability. Our goal is to bring attention to books and authors that might fall outside the mainstream, and to bring the margin to the center. We encourage an attitude of openness and curiosity, and we welcome questions and discussion.

Please note: We do not publish book reviews. Instead we publish guest posts from authors about their books and writing process; we compile lists of diverse books; we analyze data about diversity in YA literature; we interview authors and those in the business of publishing diverse books; and we share links to the broader discourse on diversity in YA. If you’d like to contribute or share the news about an upcoming diverse title, here’s how to contact us.

Disclaimer: Although Diversity in YA compiles book lists and shares news about diverse YA titles, these books are not personal recommendations from Malinda Lo or Cindy Pon unless they are explicitly identified as such. It is impossible for us to personally read each title, though we do research the titles before we feature them. We do not knowingly feature offensive books. At the same time, we recognize that reading preferences and reactions to content are personal. Our goal is to present a broad range of representations of diversity without silencing diverse perspectives.

Malinda Lo photographed by Andie PetkusMalinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance. Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Before she became a novelist, she was managing editor of AfterEllen, and she was awarded the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Her website is www.malindalo.com.

cindyponheadshot2Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website at www.cindypon.com.


Press About DiYA:

  • ‘Where’s the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss?’ by Ashley Strickland at CNN
  • “Diversity in YA: An Interview With Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon” by Kerry Winfrey at Hello Giggles
  • “Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon Celebrate Diversity in YA” by Lucy Nisbet at YA Interrobang