Associate Director of Publicity, Atria Books
Yona Deshommes began her professional career in education as an Academic Coordinator at a residential treatment center, where she created and facilitated a number of cultural and educational programs for at risk youth from the juvenile justice and foster care systems. She was instrumental in the creation of a number of career immersion programs, dance workshops and assisted in the development of remedial educational programs and alternative evaluation tools for students who were two or more years behind academically.
Her love and passion for writing led her to a career in publicity in book publishing industry, where she has conceived and executed strategic publicity plans for a number of high profile clients that include New York Times best-selling authors, Zane, Tananarive Due, Al Sharpton, Bishop TD Jakes, rapper/actor Common, actress Taraji P. Henson, R & B recording artist, Charlie Wilson, actress/writer/producer Issa Rae and a host of other literary/entertainment luminaries. She currently manages all the publicity planning for Strebor Books, an African American imprint of Atria Books and Enliven, a new age imprint.
Ms. Deshommes graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Special Education and earned a Masters in Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. She lives in Haverstraw, New York.