Agent: Claire Draper
Joe Retener is a Haitian American kidlit author from the DC metro. Once upon a time she traveled the world hobnobbing with foreign dignitaries and senior government officials. Today Joe spends her time supporting policies and programs that create safe affirming environments for gender expansive youth.
She sees her writing as an extension of her work.
Through her books, Joe is looking to not only normalize but highlight the beauty and joys of the queer experience. She hopes to also bring more representation of queer POC to the kidlit space.
Joe dreams of one day living off the grid in a tiny house somewhere near a beach. For now, you can find her traipsing across the US with her partner and their band of tiny humans.