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We Are YA

We Are YA

By Penguin Teen
You've heard from young adult authors on social, now hear what they really have to say! Join Penguin Teen staffers and journalist Anna Borges for conversations with the diverse authors who make up the modern YA community on We Are YA, presented by Penguin Teen.
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YA Icons: Kristin Cashore
Step into the Graceling Realm! Join YA icon Kristin Cashore for an in depth conversation about her writing and her new book: Winterkeep!
40:47
January 27, 2021
YA Icons: Sabaa Tahir - Part 2
*SPOILERS!* Sabaa Tahir's iconic An Ember in the Ashes series is coming to an end and she's sharing her favorite scenes, character deep dives, and most heartbreaking moments with We Are YA. *SERIOUSLY, SO MANY SPOILERS!*
36:05
November 24, 2020
YA Icons: Sabaa Tahir - Part 1
Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with YA legend Sabaa Tahir as her An Ember in the Ashes series comes to an epic finale in A Sky Beyond the Storm!
58:23
November 23, 2020
Creepy Tales Episode #5: The Cabin
Happy Halloween from Penguin Teen! 🏚 Join authors Kate Alice Marshall, Lora Beth Johnson, Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka for a terrifying original short story and keep listening after the story to hear their inspiration for The Cabin.
19:02
October 30, 2020
Creepy Tales Episode #4: The Jar
Happy Halloween from Penguin Teen! ☠ Join authors Natalie Mae, Katie Alender & Krystal Sutherland for a terrifying original short story and keep listening after the story to hear their inspiration for The Jar.
21:33
October 29, 2020
Creepy Tales Episode #3: The Woods
Happy Halloween from Penguin Teen! 🌲💀🌲 Join authors Ally Condie, Isabel Sterling & Sasha Laurens for a terrifying original short story and keep listening after the story to hear their inspiration for The Woods.
15:59
October 28, 2020
Creepy Tales Episode #2: The Snake
Happy Halloween from Penguin Teen! 🐍 Join authors Melissa de la Cruz, Kat Ellis & Nina LaCour for a terrifying original short story and keep listening after the story to hear their inspiration for The Snake.
17:39
October 27, 2020
Creepy Tales Episode #1: The Staircase
Happy Halloween from Penguin Teen! 🎃 Join authors David Arnold, Patrice Caldwell & Astrid Scholte for terrifying original short story and keep listening after the story to hear their inspiration.
24:46
October 26, 2020
Bookish Creators: ezeekat
Join Penguin Teen staffer James for a conversation with YA booktoker, Jaysen, from ezeekat!
26:24
October 9, 2020
YA Icons: Ally Condie
Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with YA legend Ally Condie on the 10th anniversary of her iconic MATCHED series.
21:08
October 8, 2020
New Fall Books: Jessica Goodman
Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jessica Goodman about her new book They Wish They Were Us and the upcoming TV adaptation starring Sydney Sweeney and Halsey.
24:18
October 7, 2020
New Fall Books: Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf
Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with Hayley Krischer, author of the new book, Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf.
23:06
October 6, 2020
New Fall Books: Candice Iloh
Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with Candice Iloh, author of the National Book Award long list selection, Every Body Looking.
24:45
October 5, 2020
Bookish Creators: treofpaperbacks
Join Penguin Teen staffer James for a conversation with YA booktoker, Tre, from treofpaperbacks!
19:43
September 25, 2020
New Fall Books: Natalie Mae  
Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with Natalie Mae, the author of the new book, The Kinder Poison.
20:44
September 23, 2020
New Fall Books: Lori Goldstein
Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with Lori Goldstein, the author of the new book, Sources Say.
27:10
September 22, 2020
New Fall Books: Arvin Ahmadi
Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with Arvin Ahmadi, the author of the new book, How It All Blew Up.
27:40
September 21, 2020
Bookish Creators: Alexa Loves Books
Join Penguin Teen staffer James for a conversation with YA booktuber and bookstagrammer Alexa Loves Books.
27:42
September 18, 2020
New Fall Books: Aaron Starmer
Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with Aaron Starmer, the author of Spontaneous and his new book, MEME.
25:01
September 17, 2020
New Fall Books: David Yoon
Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with David Yoon, the New York Times bestselling author of Frankly in Love and his new book, Super Fake Love Song.
21:48
September 16, 2020
Krystal Sutherland: Taking Chemical Hearts from page to screen
Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Krystal Sutherland about the new film adaptation of her book, Chemical Hearts starring Lili Reinhart.
24:11
September 15, 2020
New Fall Books: Ashley Woodfolk
Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Ashley Woodfolk, the author of the new series Flyy Girls.
26:28
September 14, 2020
Alok Vaid-Menon: Beyond the Gender Binary
Join host Anna Borges for a conversation with Alok Vaid-Menon, the author of Beyond the Gender Binary, part of The Pocket Change Collective series.
41:40
June 25, 2020
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Imaginary Borders
Join host Anna Borges for a conversation with Earth Guardians Youth Director and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, the author of Imaginary Borders part of The Pocket Change Collective series.
36:50
June 18, 2020
Adam Eli: The New Queer Conscience
Join host Anna Borges for a conversation with writer, curator and activist Adam Eli, the author of The New Queer Conscience part of The Pocket Change Collective series.
22:32
June 11, 2020
Kimberly Drew: This Is What I Know About Art
Join host Anna Borges for a conversation with writer, curator and activist Kimberly Drew, the author of This Is What I Know About Art part of The Pocket Change Collective series.
40:39
June 4, 2020
The Check In: Jesse from Bowties & Books  
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer James for an interview with YA booktuber Jesse from Bowties & Books.
40:57
May 1, 2020
The Check In: Jenny Torres Sanchez
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jenny Torres Sanchez, the author of We Are Not from Here.
18:25
April 30, 2020
The Check In: Jessica Goodman
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jessica Goodman, the author of They Wish They Were Us.
27:49
April 29, 2020
The Check In: Stephanie Perkins
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Stephanie Perkins, the author of Anna and the French Kiss and There's Someone Inside Your House.
55:25
April 28, 2020
The Check In: Lora Beth Johnson
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Lora Beth Johnson, the debut author of Goddess in the Machine.
25:35
April 27, 2020
The Check In: Vicky Again/Vicky Who Reads
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer James for an interview with YA book blogger Vicky Again/Vicky Who Reads.
30:30
April 24, 2020
The Check In: Zan Romanoff
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Zan Romanoff, the author of Look.
30:36
April 22, 2020
The Check In: Rachel Hawkins
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Rachel Hawkins, the author of Prince Charming and Her Royal Highness.
38:16
April 21, 2020
The Check In: Nina LaCour
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Nina LaCour, the acclaimed author of We Are Okay and Hold Still.
25:11
April 20, 2020
The Check In: Adriana from perpetualpages
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer James for an interview with Adriana, the YA booktuber behind perpetualpages.
34:34
April 17, 2020
The Check In: Andrea Tang
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Andrea Tang, the debut author of Rebelwing
25:44
April 16, 2020
The Check In: Ash Parsons
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Ash Parsons, the author of Girls Save the World in This One.
21:59
April 15, 2020
The Check In: Tyler Feder
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Tyler Feder, the author/illustrator of the new graphic novel Dancing at the Pity Party.
22:56
April 14, 2020
The Check In: Astrid Scholte
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Astrid Scholte, author of Four Dead Queens and her new book The Vanishing Deep.
23:25
April 13, 2020
The Check In: Carmen from Tomes and Textiles
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer James for an interview with Carmen, the YA bookstagrammer behind @TomesAndTextiles.
42:41
April 10, 2020
The Check In: Julie Berry
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Julie Berry, the New York Times bestselling author of Lovely War.
30:23
April 9, 2020
The Check In: Amanda Joy
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Amanda Joy, the debut author of A River of Royal Blood.
20:03
April 8, 2020
The Check In: Cameron Lund
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Cameron Lund, the debut author of The Best Laid Plans.
18:18
April 7, 2020
The Check In: Patrice Caldwell
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Patrice Caldwell, editor of the new collection, A Phoenix First Must Burn.
39:31
April 6, 2020
The Check In: Tochi Onyebuchi
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night and his new book War Girls.
34:13
April 3, 2020
The Check In: Danielle Vega
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Danielle Vega, author of The Merciless and her new book The Haunted.
42:18
April 2, 2020
The Check In: Marie Lu
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Marie, author of Legend, Warcross, and her new book The Kingdom of Back.
31:10
April 1, 2020
The Check In: Laurie Halse Anderson
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak & Shout.
37:49
March 31, 2020
The Check In: Ruta Sepetys
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray & The Fountains of Silence.
27:11
March 30, 2020
The Check In: Andrea Roberston
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Andrea Roberston, author of Forged in Fire and Stars.
29:38
March 27, 2020
The Check In: Jennifer Iacopelli
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jennifer Iacopelli, author of Break the Fall.
36:25
March 26, 2020
The Check In: Natalie C. Parker
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Natalie C. Parker, author of the Seafire trilogy.
29:50
March 25, 2020
The Check In: Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours and the upcoming Time of Our Lives.
25:04
March 24, 2020
The Check In: Isabel Sterling
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Isabel Sterling, author of These Witches Don’t Burn and the upcoming This Coven Won’t Break.
18:44
March 23, 2020
The Check In: Jennifer Dugan
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jennifer Dugan, author of Hot Dog Girl and the upcoming Verona Comics.
22:33
March 20, 2020
The Check In: Melissa de la Cruz
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Melissa de la Cruz, author of Alex & Eliza and the new bestseller, The Queen's Assassin.
17:53
March 19, 2020
The Check In: Adib Khorram
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Adib Khorram, author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay.
30:14
March 18, 2020
The Check In: Kat Cho
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Kat Cho, author of WICKED FOX.
26:59
March 17, 2020
The Check In: Randy Ribay
We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Randy Ribay, author of PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING.
20:48
March 16, 2020
Living Multiple Identities with Namrata Tripathi
Namrata Tripathi on living multiple identities, the power of names, and her new publishing imprint Kokila Books
39:59
November 7, 2019
Good Sex in YA with Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson on female pleasure, the end of hook-up culture, good anger, and her memoir SHOUT.
47:11
October 31, 2019
Is YA Losing Its Edge? with Amanda Joy
Amanda Joy on content warnings, Euphoria, "issue" books, what Glee would look like in 2019, and her book A River of Royal Blood.
42:53
October 24, 2019
Who owns #OwnVoices? with Kat Cho
Kat Cho on #OwnVoices, K-Dramas, gif vs jif, and her book Wicked Fox.
42:10
October 17, 2019
Taking the guilt out of guilty pleasures with Renée Ahdieh
Renée Ahdieh on vampires, reclaiming pleasure, food writing, and her book The Beautiful.
32:01
October 10, 2019
The mental health crisis in YA with Nina LaCour
Nina LaCour on mental health representation in YA and her novels Hold Still and We Are Okay.
44:14
October 3, 2019
Is social media bad? with Akilah Hughes
Akilah Hughes on old-school YouTube, digital therapy, Neopets, toxic comment sections, and her book Obviously: Stories from My Timeline.
57:39
September 26, 2019
Finding joy with Gabby Rivera
Gabby Rivera on writing for Marvel, being a queer joyful Puerto Rican from the Bronx and her book Juliet Takes a Breath.
34:47
September 19, 2019
Introducing We Are YA
Subscribe now, and catch the first episode on September 19.
00:19
August 28, 2019