Joanna Cárdenas is Senior Editor at Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She has worked on critically-acclaimed and award-winning books like Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim, The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez,  The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya, and Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko and Tim Miller.

She is on the board of Latinx in Publishing, a nonprofit organization that promotes literature by, for, and about Latino/a/x people. Joanna is also co-founder and co-director of the Representation Matters Mentor Program for aspiring editors of color. In 2015, she was a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree. She has worked at bookstores and a literary agency, and she eventually landed in New York City by way of San Diego.

Follow her on Twitter @joannananamc and learn more about what she’d like to acquire by visiting Kokila’s website.