Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Noah Ballard is a literary agent at Verve Talent & Literary Agency, where he represents both fiction and nonfiction projects. He began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency. He holds a BA in creative writing from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Jon Darga is a literary agent at Aevitas, where he represents both fiction and nonfiction. Prior to Aevitas, he worked as an editor at Crown, a division within Penguin Random House. He attended the Columbia University Publishing Course and holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan.

Samantha Fabien is a literary agent at Root Literary. She previously interned and worked part-time at three agencies: Ayesha Pande Literary, Writers House, and Chalberg & Sussman prior to working as a literary agent and international rights manager at the Laura Dail Literary agency. Samantha also works with events and organizations like DVcon and The New York Writing Room among others. She graduated from the Columbia Publishing Course in 2016 and holds a BA in Public Relations and Journalism from Seton Hall University.

Stephanie Kim is a literary agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, a full-service literary agency where she represents both fiction and nonfiction projects. She began her career as an assistant publicist at William Morrow/HarperCollins before moving to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's publicity team. She holds a BA in Journalism and Politics from NYU.

Sharon Pelletier is an agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret where she represents a broad array of projects. She is especially seeking upmarket fiction, including unexpected suspense fiction and smart, complex women’s fiction. On the nonfiction side, Sharon is eager for compelling, fierce narrative nonfiction by journalists, experts, and emerging voices with a growing platform.  She began her publishing Europa Editions and Barnes & Noble.

J. L. Stermer is an agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, a full-service literary agency, where she represents both fiction and nonfiction projects. She was previously a part of the literary team at UTA, and prior to that served as an agent/contracts director at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.