Anna Borges is the host of Penguin Teen’s “We Are YA,” the first Young Adult podcast of its kind from a major publisher that gives creators a platform to speak their minds, dig into sensitive topics, and reflect on the social media zeitgeist. “We Are YA” creates a safe space where authors can have honest, thoughtful conversations about sensitive topics. The show launched on September 19th with “Finding Joy” with Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath). A new episode of “We Are YA” will premiere weekly through October and will be available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor. Upcoming guests include Laurie Halse Anderson, Renée Ahdieh, and Nina LaCour.

Follow @PenguinTeen for the latest episode announcements.

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Episode one

Gabby Rivera on writing for Marvel, being a queer joyful Puerto Rican from the Bronx, and her book Juliet Takes a Breath.


Episode two

Akilah Hughes on old-school YouTube, digital therapy, Neopets, toxic comment sections, and her book Obviously: Stories from My Timeline.

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Nina LaCour on mental health representation in YA and her books Hold Still and We Are Okay.