RECORDED 2/17/2016: I had the most excellent conversation with Matt de la Peña about growing up biracial, writing to explore the questions, and the need for diversity within diversity. You can listen to the episode here or download it from itunes. –Heidi Durrow
Matt de la Peña is the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Medal winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, The Living and The Hunted) and two picture books (A Nations Hope and Last Stop on Market Street). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.