Kiara Valdez is an assistant editor at First Second Books. She was born and raised in New York City (shout out to Washington Heights) and has been an avid comics reader all her life. She graduated from Williams College with a double major in English Literature and Japanese, and spends her free time reading, writing, and enjoying a long list of other hobbies she can’t keep up with.
She is interested in middle grade and young adult graphic novels doing with magical realism, memoir, #ownvoices stories (especially those from Latinx creators), and stories with LGBTQ+ characters and romance. The long list of First Second books she’s worked on include: the Cucumber Quest series, Check, Please! series, Bloom, Kiss Number 8, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, and Grimoire Noir.