A’Ja Lyons


527 Farm House Ln
Ames IA


A'Ja Lyons was born and raised in Sunnyside, the oldest African-American community in southern Houston, Texas. Her writing centers self reflection and analysis. A'Ja's works include short stories, poems, and creative non fiction. She has studied at Gallaudet University and is fluent in American Sign Language. A'Ja has a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from Iowa State University.

A'Ja has worked as a literacy tutor with Iowa Reading Corps and as a substitute teacher. She advocates for equity in education.

A'Ja is a member of American MENSA, an organization consisting of people that congregate to primarily eat snacks and play board games. A'Ja's favorite snack is chips and guacamole and favorite games are chess and SCRABBLE.

A'Ja presented at the inaugural Iowa Undergraduate Human Rights Research conference. She was a book reviewer and column contributor for Pennsylvania Diversity Network's Valley Gay Press, as well as an article contributor for Gallaudet University's The Buff and Blue. A'Ja was published in Sinister Wisdom 85.

A'Ja is the proud mother of an athletically gifted and animal-loving child.