Kiara Valdez

GN Editor. Writer. Lowkey Fashionista.

About Me

A bit on who I am and what I'm looking for.


A collection of the graphic novel acquisitions I have made. This will be regularly updated as I gradually grow my list.


Some books which I've edited that are out there in the world.

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Kiara Valdez is an Afro-Dominican writer and associate editor at First Second. 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.

Though she is proud of every book she’s worked on at First Second, she especially enjoyed working on the Cucumber Quest series, Check, Please! series, Bloom, Kiss Number 8, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, Grimoire Noir, Snapdragon, and Himawari House. For her own list she is only looking for graphic novels and is mostly focused on middle grade and young adult. She is open to all genres but is especially interested in magical realism, memoir, #ownvoices stories (especially those from Latinx creators), and stories with LGBTQ+ characters and romance. She likes stories that feel contemporary, real, and are grounded in our world regardless of the genre it’s in, and is a sucker for well-done resolutions/happy endings.

She has written Blitz Breaks Loose! ( art by Shane Clester) for the Dino Ranch franchise at Scholastic. She is currently working on writing original graphic novels and picture books, and is also interested in writing more 8 x 8s and shorter kids books.

She is represented by Britt Siess

Miscellaneous: Virgo | ISFJ | Color: Lilac | Cat & Snake Parent

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