Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

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.

Claire Friedman is a literary agent at Inkwell Management where she represents fiction with a commercial hook, narrative nonfiction, and young adult and children’s books. She began her publishing career at Don Congdon Associates. She holds a BA in English and History from Columbia 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.

Dani Segelbaum is a literary agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, where she represents narrative nonfiction, contemporary fiction, memoir, women’s fiction, popular culture, and lifestyle. Prior to New Leaf, she worked as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins Publishers. She holds her BA in journalism and political science from Boston University’s College of Communication.

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.