Aimee Bender is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures(2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013.
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Anthony Doerr was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of the story collections The Shell Collector and Memory Wall, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the novels About Grace and All the Light We Cannot See, which was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
Danielle Evans is the author of the short story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. Her work has received the PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Paterson Prize, and the Hurston-Wright Award, and is a National Book Foundation “5 under 35” selection. Her writing has appeared in magazines including The Paris Review, A Public Space, and Callaloo, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South.
Manuel Gonzales is the author of THE MINIATURE WIFE AND OTHER STORIES and the novel, THE REGIONAL OFFICE IS UNDER ATTACK!. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in McSweeney’s, Fence, Tin House, Open City, One Story, The Believer, i09.com, and various other publications. He is the recipient of the Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Price for First Fiction and the Binghamton University John Gardner Prize for Fiction.
Kelly Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble (a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize) Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.
Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including the forthcoming The Book of Aron, and four story collections, including Like You’d Understand, Anyway, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Tin House, the New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope: All Story, and Playboy, and five of his stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories.
Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.. She was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35″ in 2012. A 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, she is an assistant professor in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan.
Joshua Ferris is the bestselling author of three novels, Then We Came to the End, The Unnamed and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. He was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40”writers in 2010. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, and Best American Short Stories.
James Hannaham wrote the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Fiction, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book of 2015, and God Says No, which was honored by the American Library Association. He has published stories in One Story, Fence, Story Quarterly, and BOMB, and one in Gigantic, for which he won a Pushcart Prize.
Naomi Jackson is author of The Star Side of Bird Hill, published by Penguin Press in 2015. The Star Side of Bird Hill was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Debut Fiction and long-listed for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. It won Late Night Library’s Debut-litzer prize, was named an Honor Book for Fiction by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.
Karen Shepard is the author of the novels, An Empire of Women, The Bad Boy’s Wife, Don’t I Know You?, and The Celestials. Her short fiction has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, Bomb, Ploughshares, Failbetter, Glimmertrain, Mississippi Review, and Southwest Review, among others. Her nonfiction has appeared in Self, More, The Boston Globe, and USA Today, among others.
Renee Gladman is the author of nine published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka, and, most recently, Calamities, a collection of linked essay-fictions on the intersections of writing, drawing, and community. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, Harper’s, Stonecutter, and Poetry Magazine. A 2014-15 fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and recipient of a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant and a 2017 Lannan Foundation Writing Residency in Marfa, TX, she makes work in New England.
Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: The Narrow Door (a New York Times Editors’ Choice), Unbuilt Projects, The Burning House, Famous Builder,and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Conjunctions, Ecotone, Fence, The Offing, Ploughshares, Tin House,and in many other magazines and anthologies. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, he has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.
Emily Witt is a writer in New York City. She has written for n+1, The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, the London Review of Books, and many other places. She has degrees from Brown, Columbia, and Cambridge, and was a Fulbright scholar in Mozambique. Her first book, Future Sex, was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Natalie Diaz, a member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes, is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Crab Orchard Review, among others, and was selected by Natasha Trethewey for Best New Poets. She has receive the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.
Roger Reeves’ poems have appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, and Tin House, among others. He has a BA in English from Morehouse College, an MA in English from Texas A&M University, and an MFA from the MichenerCenter for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, Reeves earned a PhD from the University of Texas and is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. King Me is his debut collection, was published by Copper Canyon Press.
Mary Ruefle is the author of My Private Property (Wave Books, 2016), Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.
Claudia Ballard has been an agent at WME since 2008. She represents mainly literary fiction, from established short-story writers to debut novelists and beyond, as well as voice-driven nonfiction and memoir. She works with authors such as Amelia Gray, Alexandra Kleeman, Alice Sola Kim, Julie Buntin, Marie-Helene Bertino, Rachel B. Glaser, and Emma Straub amongst many others.
Jenni Ferrari-Adler is a longtime agent at Union Literary where she represents Novels and Story Collections, Cookbooks, Memoirs, Narrative Nonfiction, and other categories. She looks for voice and humor, authority, and insight. She holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan. She edited the anthology ALONE IN THE KITCHEN WITH AN EGGPLANT, and has an essay forthcoming in Tin House.
Saeed Jones’s debut poetry collection Prelude To Bruise (Coffee House Press) was the winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award For Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award and a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. His poetry and essays have appeared in publications like the New York Times, NPR, Guernica, Ebony, and The Rumpus, among others. Saeed is BuzzFeed’s Executive Editor of Culture.
Meredith Kaffel Simonoff is a literary agent and British Rights Director at DeFiore & Company. She holds a B.A. in Renaissance Studies from Yale University and is a member of the AAR and PEN. Meredith focuses on literary fiction (novels & stories), upmarket fiction, creative nonfiction and narrative cartoonists. She is drawn to narratives steeped in ferocity of language, intellect and heart. Among her clients are Melissa Broder, Liana Finck, Maryse Meijer, Sean Michaels, Robin Wasserman and Leni Zumas.
Margot Livesey first book, a collection of stories called Learning By Heart, was published by Penguin Canada in 1986. Since then Margot has published seven novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona and The House on Fortune Street, and The Flight of Gemma Hardy. Her eighth novel, Mercury, was published in September 2016 by HarperCollins. Tin House Books will publish a collection of her craft essays in 2017.
Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize. Her second collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé , is forthcoming from Tin House Books in February 2017
Eric Simonoff is a literary agent and the Co-Head of the WME Book Department. He represents Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Lethem, Philipp Meyer, Daniel Alarcon, Stacy Schiff, Edward P. Jones, Nam Le, ZZ Packer, Chris Adrian, Phil Klay, Yaa Gyasi, The New Yorker Magazine, and The Atlantic, among others.
Marya Spence (Janklow & Nesbit Associates) represents a diverse range in fiction and nonfiction, including, but not limited to, literary novels and collections, upmarket commercial fiction, cultural criticism and voice-driven essays, narrative journalism with a humorous or critical edge, and pop culture. She lives in Brooklyn.