(Listed alphabetically by title)
Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Kerry D’Agostino joined Curtis Brown, Ltd. in 2011 as assistant to Tim Knowlton and Holly Frederick in the Film and Television Department. Before Curtis Brown, she received her certificate in publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course, her masters in Art in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her bachelors from Bowdoin College, where she majored in English, minored in Education and gained a lifelong appreciation for the importance of commitment to the common good. Kerry currently assists Peter Ginsberg, handles audio rights for Peter and Katherine Fausset, and is actively seeking literary fiction and upmarket commercial fiction that is voice driven, accessible, and authentic. Above all, she is drawn to work that either introduces her to something new or makes her see something old in a new way. Kerry grew up in Manhasset, New York and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
Annie Hwang, Folio Literary Agency
Annie Hwang represents a range of fiction for adults and select nonfiction projects. She gravitates towards literary fiction with commercial appeal, and feels particularly drawn to braided narratives and layered plots, especially when populated by complex characters with deep emotional resonance. Commercially, she’s looking for both upmarket historical fiction and visceral literary thrillers that depart from the norm of the genre. The most important thing to her, beyond concept or pitch, is breathtaking storytelling that stretches its genre to new heights. A California native, Annie worked in journalism before making the transition to the publishing world, where she digs for stories that keep her reading late into the night and stay with her long after she puts them down.
Michelle Johnson, Inklings Literary Agency
After a life long obsession with books, a career in business management/ownership including bookstores and community writing centers, and a few years with small presses in an editorial capacity, Michelle Johnson is now in her fourth year as a literary agent, where she represents many NYT Bestsellers, debut authors, and indie authors alike.
The face of publishing is ever-changing, and bending and shifting with the times and staying ahead of the curve are key for Michelle and her agency, Inklings Literary Agency.
Michelle is actively seeking books with diversity, and authors with diverse backgrounds. She’s a strong advocate for equality across the board.
In adult, NA, and YA, she looks for Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Romance, Horror, Fantasy and light Sci-Fi. She also will look at the occasional MG if it has a phenomenal hook and voice.
Peter Steinberg, Foundry Literary + Media
Peter Steinberg has represented numerous New York Timesbestsellers (including three #1 New York Times bestsellers) and clients have been nominated for or awarded Edgars, The Pulitzer Prize, The Story Prize, The Paris Review Discovery Prize, PEN/Faulkner and National Book Awards. His list includes narrative non-fiction, commercial and literary fiction, memoir, health, history, lifestyle, humor, sports and young adult. Several of his authors have had their books made into major motion pictures, including Towelhead and I Love You Phillip Morris.
Peter began his agenting career as an assistant at Donadio & Ashworth in 1996, where he was fortunate enough to assist many great writers including Mario Puzo, Peter Matthiessen, Edward Gorey, Cathleen Schine, Robert Stone and Chuck Palahniuk. He has sold books for a couple agencies since and then ran a namesake shop for several years before joining Foundry.
Peter’s a graduate of NYU film school and worked briefly in the film business and was a screenwriter prior to becoming a literary agent..
Kate Gale, Red Hen Press
Dr. KATE GALE is co–founder and Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review and teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction.
She is author of seven books of poetry including The Goldilocks Zone from the University of New Mexico Press in 2014, and Echo Light from Red Mountain and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis, which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.
Timothy Green, Rattle Poetry Anthology
Timothy Green has worked as editor of the poetry magazine Rattle since 2004. His poems have appeared in many journals, including The Connecticut Review, The Florida Review, Mid-American Review, and Nimrod International. Green has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Rhysling Award, and his first book, American Fractal (Red Hen Press, 2009), won the Phi Kappa Phi award from the University of Southern California. He is a contributing columnist for the (Riverside) Press Enterprise newspaper and founding director of the Wrightwood Literary Festival. Green earned his B.A. at the University of Rochester and graduated with a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California in 2009. He lives near Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Jessica Handler, Nonfiction
Jessica Handler is the author of Invisible Sisters: A Memoir, named by the Georgia Center for the Book one of the “Twenty Five Books All Georgians Should Read.” Atlanta Magazine called it the “Best Memoir of 2009.” Her second book, Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss, was praised by Vanity Fair magazine as “a wise and encouraging guide.” Her nonfiction has appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Bitter Southerner, Drunken Boat, Newsweek, The Washington Post, More Magazine, and elsewhere. Honors include residencies at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, a 2010 Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writers Center, the 2009 Peter Taylor Nonfiction Fellowship for the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, and special mention for a 2008 Pushcart Prize. She lectures internationally on writing well about difficult subjects. www.jessicahandler.com.
Emily Lavin Leverett, Fiction
Emily Lavin Leverett writes and edits speculative fiction. She has been creating stories since she was a small girl in Bakersfield California, but did not pursue publishing until much later. She received her BA in Literature from Claremont McKenna College and her masters and PhD at the Ohio State University where she specialized in medieval English Literature—specifically medieval romance. It is from the academic side that she came to creative writing and editing, and her academic work heavily influences her fiction.
She began her editing career working for a small erotica press, where she learned the importance of clear action scenes. Since then, she has co-edited multiple speculative fiction anthologies: The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil and the Big Bad II, as well as two weird westerns, Tales from the Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier. She has published several short stories in various anthologies and online journals including Athena’s Daughters II, Drafthorse: a Journal of Work and No Work, and Flash Fiction Online.
Changeling’s Fall, the first novel in the Eisteddfod Chronicles, is co-authored with Sarah Joy Adams. They developed the idea for their series as graduate students at Ohio State, and they draw heavily from medieval and Anglo-Saxon English literature in the creation of their faerie world. Her current scholarship is a study of Terry Pratchett’s us of medieval romance in his Discworld novels. She currently teaches at Methodist University, a small liberal arts college in Fayetteville, NC.
Luke Whisnant, Fiction
Luke Whisnant is the author of Down in the Flood (stories); Watching TV with the Red Chinese (novel); and two poetry chapbooks, Street and Above Floodstage. His fiction and poetry have appeared in many journals and magazines in the U.S., including Esquire, Arts & Letters, American Short Fiction, Poetry East, and others, and internationally in Frank (France), Revista Neo (Portugal), and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine (England). His work also appears in the anthologies Racing Home; This Is Where We Live: Stories by 25 Contemporary NC Writers; and Long Story Short: Flash Fiction by Sixty-Five of North Carolina’s Finest Writers. Three of his stories have been reprinted in New Stories from the South: the Year’s Best, and he has been included twice on The Best American Short Stories “Distinguished Story List.” In 2011 his novel was made into an independent film. He has served on the staff of Tar River Poetry since 1985, becoming editor in 2006.