Leila Mottley
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Leila Mottley

Leila Mottley is the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate. Her work has been featured in THE NEW YORK TIMES and OPRAH DAILY. She was born and raised in Oakland, where she continues to live. NIGHTCRAWLING is her first novel.
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Interview: ‘Nightcrawling’ Gives Voice to a Real Life Tragedy—and a Debut Author’s Triumph

'A lot of what I wanted this book to do is show the expectations and the obligations that are put onto Black girls before we even have an understanding of what our options are.'
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  • 'A lot of what I wanted this book to do is show the expectations and the obligations that are put onto Black girls before we even have an understanding of what our options are.'

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