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. She graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies. A'Ja 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. Her short stories and poems have been published in Sinister Wisdom 85's Youth/Humor issue, Lucky Jefferson's Digital Zine Awake, Decolonial Passage, and others.

In addition to writing poetry and fiction, A'Ja is passionate about reproductive rights and presented on state telemed abortion rights at the inaugural Iowa Undergraduate Human Rights Research conference.

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

You can find her on Twitter @ajalyonsroars and at ajalyons.com.