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.

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.

Charlie Olsen Charlie Olsen started his publishing career at InkWell in 2007 and has been building his client list since. He is interested in fiction, children’s books, graphic novels and illustrated works, and compelling narrative non-fiction. He works with multiple award-winning and best-selling authors and he’s always looking for new voices, exciting ideas, and great writing.

Divya Sood is the author of the novels Find Someone to Love and Nights Like This (both Riverdale Avenue Books). Her short stories have won the New Jersey Arts and Letters First Prize for Short Fiction, and appeared in The Masters Review. She has taught at Rutgers University and Southern New Hampshire University. She holds a BA from Rutgers University and an MA in English 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.