Joe Okonkwo’s debut novel Jazz Moon, set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance and glittering Jazz Age Paris, was published by Kensington Books. It won the Publishing Triangle's prestigious Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Joe's short stories have appeared in The Piltdown Review, The New Engagement, Storychord, Penumbra, Promethean, Shotgun Honey, Love Stories from Africa, Best Gay Stories 2015, and Strength. His short story "Cleo" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Joe served as Prose Editor for Newtown Literary and he edited Best Gay Stories 2017. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from City College of New York. He is represented by the Baldi Literary Agency. Joe Okonkwo lives and writes in Queens, New York City.