Here’s the list of agents and presenters for the conference.

Ruqayyah Daud
Ruqayyah Daud
Agent
— Day 1: Panels —
Kids These Days: What’s happening in children's publishing?
– bio –
Naomi Davis
Naomi Davis
Agent
— Day 1: Panels —
Kids These Days: What’s happening in children's publishing?
– bio –

Naomi Davis is a literary agent at BookEnds Literary Agency. Naomi seeks dynamic, character-driven adult and young adult titles in fantasy, sci-fi, and romance. LGBTQ+ elements and diversity in all fiction are a particular plus. Naomi is particularly passionate about finding new fantasy and sci-fi settings with unique magical structures that surprise the reader and change the rules readers associate with those worlds.

Reiko Davis
Reiko Davis
Agent
— Day 2: Roundtables —
Middle Grade/Young Adult 2
– bio –

Before joining DeFiore in 2016, Reiko Davis was at Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency for four years. She grew up in Kansas City, received her BA in Comparative Literature and Art History from Brown University, and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course.

Reiko's interests are varied, but on the children’s side, Reiko is actively looking for middle grade projects that aren't afraid to tackle big questions or important emotional truths, and do so through remarkable storytelling, humor, and heart. Right now she's especially on the lookout for middle grade non-fiction in the areas of mental health, science, political activism, environmentalism, and narrative history. She has a real soft spot for middle grade novels that empower kids to make a difference in their communities.

Her titles include Running Wild by Lucy Jane Bledsoe, The Wild World Handbook by Andrea Debbink and the White House Clubhouse series by Sean O'Brien.


Samantha Fabien
Samantha Fabien
Agent
— Day 1: Panels —
Query Q&A
– bio –

Samantha Fabien is a literary agent at Root Literary Agency. After attending the Columbia Publishing Course in 2016, she went on to intern and work part-time at three agencies: Ayesha Pande Literary, Writers House, and Chalberg & Sussman. From there, Samantha fostered her love for sharing diverse, lasting, and inclusive stories with the world. Samantha also works with events and organizations like DVcon and The New York Writing Room among others.

Emily Forney
Emily Forney
Agent
— Day 2: Roundtables —
Picture Book 3
– bio –

Emily Forney is a literary agent at BookEnds Literary, specializing in children's literature, adult fantasy, and contemporary romance. She was named a 2022 Publisher's Weekly Star Watch honoree and was previously a Publishing Fellow with the LA Review of Books. She currently directs the BookEnds Publishing Fellowship, which mentors aspiring publishing professionals from marginalized communities and provides them with hands on education, resources, and workshops for roles throughout the industry. As a writer and former editor, she actively writes about identity, Blackness, and pop culture.

Maureen Johnson
Maureen Johnson
Presenter
— Day 1: Panels —
Featured Author Interview
– bio –

Maureen Johnson is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen young adult novels, including Death at Morning House (August 2024), the Truly Devious series, the Shades of London series, Suite Scarlett, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Her collaborative books include Ghosts of the Shadow Market (with Cassandra Clare), as well as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), which was also a hit feature film on Netflix. Her books have sold more than three million copies worldwide and have been published in more than thirty countries. She grew up in Philadelphia, graduated from the University of Delaware and has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. Maureen lives in New York City with her husband and her dog.

George Jreije
George Jreije
Presenter
— Day 1: Panels —
This Way Out: How do you get to a great ending?
– bio –

George Jreije is the Lebanese-American author of the Shad Hadid children's fantasy series as well as the upcoming graphic novel, Tarik’s Bazaar Adventure, both with HarperCollins. He has also written short stories published in collaboration with UNICEF. When not wrangling words, George enjoys scouring the world for tasty food, messing with new yoga poses, and meeting other readers and writers.

Fred Koehler
Fred Koehler
Presenter
— Day 1: Panels —
Kids These Days: What’s happening in children's publishing?
– bio –

Fred Koehler is an artist, novelist, and screenwriter whose real-life misadventures include sunken boats, shark encounters, and narrow escapes from hurricanes. His published works include the illustrated novel GARBAGE ISLAND, ONE DAY, THE END, and FLASHLIGHT NIGHT, among others. He currently has an animated series, a graphic novel, and many more stories in the works. Fred lives in Florida with his wife, kids, and a rescue dog named Cheerio Mutt-Face McChubbybutt. Visit www.ilikefred.com.

Stacey Kondla
Stacey Kondla
Agent
— Day 2: Roundtables —
Middle Grade/Young Adult 3
– bio –
A life-long bibliophile, Stacey’s experience includes working as a Field Representative for Scholastic Book Fairs, managing at Chapters/Indigo stores, freelance editing, and serving on the organizing committee of When Words Collide (A Festival for Readers and Writers). She joined The Rights Factory in 2018 and represents fiction and nonfiction authors across age categories and across genres. Stacey is drawn to strong narrative voices, innovative storytelling, feeling all the feels, laughing all the laughs, and also the dark and the weird.
Tricia Lawrence
Tricia Lawrence
Agent
— Day 2: Roundtables —
Picture Book 3
– bio –

Tricia Lawrence is an agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency. She represents picture books/chapter books that look at the world in a unique and unusual way, with characters that are alive both on and off the page, and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction that offers strong worldbuilding, wounded narrators, and stories that grab a reader and won't let go.

Alexandra Levick
Alexandra Levick
Agent
— Day 2: Roundtables —
Middle Grade/Young Adult 2
– bio –

Alexandra Levick is a junior agent at Writers House where she is developing her picture book, middle grade, young adult, and adult lists. She represents a diverse list of creators whose style ranges from literary to commercial, and just about every space in between. Above all else, she seeks a captivating voice and a strong thematic point behind any work she represents.  

Caron Levis
Caron Levis
Presenter
— Day 1: Panels —
This Way Out: How do you get to a great ending?
– bio –

Caron Levis (MFA; LMSW) is the author of several picture books including the award-winning Feeling-Friends collection with Charles Santoso: Mighty Muddy Us, Feathers Together, This Way, Charlie and Ida, Always which the New York Times Book Review calls, "an example of children's books at their best." Other titles include Stop That Yawn! illustrated by LeUyen Pham; Mama’s Work Shoes illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton. Caron is the Coordinator and a Professor for The New School's Writing for Children/YA MFA program. With over 20 years as a Creative SEL/Literacy skills educator Caron uses a drama and writing techniques to create a variety of interactive school visits, professional developments and writing workshops. Caron was born, raised, and currently lives in New York City. Writing short things takes her a long time.

Bibi Lewis
Bibi Lewis
Agent
— Day 2: Roundtables —
Middle Grade/Young Adult 1
– bio –
Bibi Lewis joined the Ethan Ellenberg Literary agency in 2014. She acts as the agency’s royalties and office manager and is currently building her list in both Children’s and Adult. For Children’s she represents Picture Books through Young Adult, with a particular interest in big hearted Middle Grade, innovative non-fiction and Young Adult Contemporary and Thrillers. On the adult end, Bibi is primarily looking for women’s fiction, upmarket commercial and book club fiction and contemporary and historical romance. She enjoys projects with a big hook, complicated and fully realized characters, and sharp, quick paced prose. She is also looking for select mysteries and thrillers.
James McGowan
James McGowan
Agent
— Day 1: Panels —
Query Q&A
– bio –

James McGowan is a literary agent and author of the picture book Good Night, Oppy! He began at BookEnds as an intern and has worked in all departments at the agency, now a full-time literary agent. He represents illustrated projects for young readers (board books, picture books, chapter books, and middle grade) as well as adult nonfiction and upmarket, mystery and suspense novels. To learn more about James, his wishlist, or upcoming client books please visit the BookEnds website or his personal website. To send a query, please use QueryManager. And to find a growing archive of thoughts no one asked for, follow James on Twitter and Instagram.


Margaret Meacham
Margaret Meacham
Presenter
— Day 1: Panels —
This Way Out: How do you get to a great ending?
– bio –

Margaret Meacham has published many books for children, including the middle grade novels Oyster Moon, The Secret of Heron Creek (both Tidewater), A Mid-Semester Night's Dream (Scholastic), Quiet! You're Invisible, A Fairy's Guide to Understanding Humans (both Holiday House), and The Ghosts of Laurelford (Sunbury). She is also the author of the adult mystery novel The Survival of Sarah Landing (Sunbury). Her articles and short stories have appeared in Library Journal, Country Magazine, Successful Student Magazine, Maryland Magazine, Highlights for Children, Baltimore Magazine, and the Baltimore Sun. She has taught at Goucher College and Towson University. She holds a BA from Trinity College and an MLIS from the University of Maryland.


Ammi-Joan Paquette
Ammi-Joan Paquette
Agent
— Day 2: Roundtables —
Picture Book 2
– bio –

Ammi-Joan Paquette is a Senior Literary Agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency, where she represents a list of New York Times Bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators.

Sera Rivers
Sera Rivers
Agent
— Day 2: Roundtables —
Picture Book 2
– bio –

Sera Rivers is a Literary Agent at Speilburg Literary, an AALA member, and a writer. She holds an MFA in writing for children from Simmons University. Prior to agenting, Sera worked as an editor in educational publishing for seven years. Sera lives in Western Massachusetts with her partner and their puppy Jett. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found running all over New England training for her next marathon. 


Quressa Robinson
Quressa Robinson
Agent
— Day 2: Roundtables —
Middle Grade/Young Adult 1
– bio –

Quressa Robinson joined Folio Literary Management in 2022 after working at previous agencies, including the Nelson Literary Agency, and as an editor for five years. She is originally from San Francisco, but has been living in New York City for over a decade. As a New York based agent, she is eager to build her MG, YA, and Adult lists. When not curled on her couch reading, she plays video games, enjoys too much, TV–-mostly Sailor Moon and Avatar: The Last Airbender (Fire Nation)--eats delicious things, drinks champagne, and adds another “dramatic” color to her lipstick collection. Quressa is also a member of the 2017-2019 WNDB Walter Grant Committee and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. In 2020, she was named a Publisher's Weekly Star Watch finalist. In 2021 she was named an influential gatekeeper in Book and Film Globe’s inaugural Publishing Power 30 list alongside phenoms like Reece Witherspoon, Celeste Ng, and Lisa Lucas.

Lev AC Rosen
Lev AC Rosen
Presenter
— Day 1: Panels —
This Way Out: How do you get to a great ending?
– bio –

Lev Rosen writes books for people of all ages, including the Evander Mills series, which began with the Macavity Award winning Lavender House (Anthony finalist, Lambda finalist, Best Book of the Year from Buzzfeed, Library Journal, Amazon, Bookpage, and others) and continued with The Bell in the Fog, (Publisher’s Weekly Editor’s Choice, Best Book of the year from Amazon, CrimeReads and Autostraddle). His most recent YA novels are Emmett (Best Book of the year from Kirkus and Amazon), Lion’s Legacy (Best Book of the year from Booklist and the New York Public Library) and Camp (Best Book of the year from Forbes, Elle, and The Today Show and others). The third Evander Mills mystery, Rough Pages, will be out in fall 2024. He lives in NYC with his husband and a very small cat.

John Rudolph
John Rudolph
Agent
— Day 2: Roundtables —
Picture Book 1
– bio –
Alexander Steele
Alexander Steele
Presenter
— Day 1: Panels —
Featured Author Interview
– bio –

Alexander Steele is the president at Gotham Writers Workshop. He is the editor of the Gotham books Writing Fiction, Fiction Gallery, and Writing Movies (all Bloomsbury USA).

Michaela Whatnall
Michaela Whatnall
Agent
— Day 2: Roundtables —
Middle Grade/Young Adult 3
– bio –

Michaela Whatnall is an agent with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, where they have worked out of the West Coast office since 2019. They have a degree in English and linguistics from Emory University, completed the Columbia Publishing Course, and in 2023 they were selected as a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree. Michaela represents middle grade and young adult fiction across genres; upmarket adult fiction and grounded fantasy; and select picture books, graphic novels, and narrative nonfiction.

D. Ann Williams
D. Ann Williams
Agent
— Day 2: Roundtables —
Picture Book 1
– bio –