Prior to joining New Leaf, Jordan Hamessley spent over a decade working on the editorial side of publishing at Penguin Young Readers (Grosset & Dunlap), Egmont USA, and Adaptive Studios.
She represents a list of diverse children’s fiction from picture books through YA and select adult genre and pop culture writers. She also represents a growing list of graphic novelists. She is always looking to find stories that bring the queer experience to the children’s space across all age ranges. Jordan has a deep affection for contemporary middle grade and YA with heart and humor, but she would love to find a great YA horror novel! At this time, she is only looking for author/illustrators in the picture book space.
She would love to find a picture book where the art drives the reader’s experience like Brendan Wenzel’s They All Saw a Cat. She has a deep love of space travel and NASA and would love to see children’s projects that explore space exploration based in science both in fiction and non-fiction. What is The Right Stuff for kids?
Some of her favorite reads of the last few years include Jen Wang’s The Prince and the Dressmaker, Mike Curato’s Flamer, Elizabeth Acevedo’s Clap When You Land, Grady Hendrix’s The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Brandy Colbert’s The Only Black Girls in Town, John Rocco’s How We Got to the Moon, and Jillian Tamaki’s Our Little Kitchen.
Her top five books of all time? A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, Contact by Carl Sagan, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and Carrie by Stephen King.
Jordan lives in Southern California with her family and sings show tunes and tap dances in her spare time.