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.

Stephanie Kim is a literary agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, 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 New York University.

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.

Roseanne Wells is an agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, where she represents both fiction and nonfiction authors, as well as young adult authors and some select middle-grade. She formerly worked at the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, and at the publisher W.W. Norton & Company. She contributed to the book Create Your Writer Platform (Writer’s Digest Books), and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.