Agents and Presenters

Here are the agents, presenters, and panelists for 2021 Gotham Writers Conference. More to come!

Kurestin Armada
Kurestin Armada
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Science Fiction/Fantasy
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Kurestin Armada is an agent at Root Literary. She reads widely across genres, and has a particular affection for science fiction and fantasy, especially books that recognize and subvert typical tropes of genre fiction. She wants to discover something surprising, ambitious, and weird in a package that connects with readers who read deeply in SFF.

Mateo Askaripour
Mateo Askaripour
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
While You’re Waiting: Moving from Getting an Agent to Getting Published
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Mateo Askaripour's work aims to empower people of color to seize opportunities for advancement, no matter the obstacle. He was a 2018 Rhode Island Writers Colony writer-in-residence, and his writing has appeared in Entrepreneur, Lit Hub, Catapult, The Rumpus, Medium, and elsewhere. His debut novel BLACK BUCK was an instant New York Times bestseller and a Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick. He lives in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @AskMateo.

Noah Ballard
Noah Ballard
Agent
— Day 2: Panels —
The Home Stretch: Navigating What Happens After the Sale
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Nonfiction/Memoir 1
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Noah Ballard is an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He studied creative writing at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency. Noah focuses on literary fiction, short story collections and narrative non-fiction, including memoir, journalism and pop culture.

Stephen Barr
Stephen Barr
Agent
— Day 1: Panels —
Query Quagmire: What Bogs Down Your Query
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Stephen Barr is a senior literary agent at Writer House, where he started out as an intern in 2008.  He represents a broad stripe of authors across all genres, with a perpetual hankering for audacious, voice-abundant YA, intricate picture books, mysteries that handcuff humor and tragedy to the same radiator, and really any fiction that tackles heavy themes with a light touch.

Jaidree Braddix
Jaidree Braddix
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Nonfiction/Memoir 1
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Jaidree Braddix is a literary agent at Park and Fine Literary Agency. She represents non-fiction authors who are changing the ways we think about, talk about, and move through the world we live in. She will forever be fascinated by headline-making topics, ranging from serious non-fiction that dives deep to illuminate essential issues, to buzz-worthy “must-reads." 

Linda Camacho
Linda Camacho
Agent
— Day 1: Panels —
Query Quagmire: What Bogs Down Your Query
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Graphic Novels/Graphic Memoirs
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Linda is an agent at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency. She’s held various positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon and Schuster, and Writers House literary agency until she ventured into agenting at Prospect. Linda received her MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She works with colleagues and clients who inspire her every day in both the children’s and adult categories.

K-Ming Chang
K-Ming Chang
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
The Home Stretch: Navigating What Happens After the Sale
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K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice novel Bestiary (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her short story collection, Gods of Want, is forthcoming from One World in June 2022. More of her work can be found at kmingchang.com.

Lilly Dancyger
Lilly Dancyger
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
Author Power: Negotiating, Revising, and When to Walk Away
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Lilly Dancyger is a contributing editor at Catapult, and assistant editor at Barrelhouse Books. She's the editor of Burn It Down, a critically acclaimed anthology of essays on women's anger from Seal Press, named one of the "most recommended books of the season" by Literary Hub; and the author of Negative Space, a reported and illustrated memoir selected by Carmen Maria Machado as a winner of the 2019 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards, forthcoming in May.

Naomi Davis
Naomi Davis
Agent
— Day 1: Panels —
When An Agent Calls: What to Expect, What to Know, What to Ask
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Science Fiction/Fantasy
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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.

S.B. Divya
S.B. Divya
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
The Home Stretch: Navigating What Happens After the Sale
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S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Machinehood (Saga), Runtime (tordotcom), and the short story collection, Contingency Plans For the Apocalypse and Other Possible Situations (Hachette India). Divya is the co-editor of the weekly science fiction podcast Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty. Find her on Twitter @divyastweets or at www.sbdivya.com.

Samantha Fabien
Samantha Fabien
Agent
— Day 1: Panels —
When An Agent Calls: What to Expect, What to Know, What to Ask
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Middle Grade/Young Adult 1
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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.

Moe Ferrara
Moe Ferrara
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Middle Grade/Young Adult 2
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Moe Ferrara is an agent at BookEnds Literary. She is primarily interested in children's literature (PB, MG, and YA + graphic novels in those ages). She loves most genres but her heart leans toward contemporary, fantasy, magical realism, horror, and romance. She's always looking to add more BIPOC, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse, and disabled voices to her list.

Melissa Flashman
Melissa Flashman
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Nonfiction/Memoir 1
– bio –

Melissa represents award-winning and best-selling fiction and nonfiction. In nonfiction, she is particularly interested in conversation-changing books including journalism, science, technology, business/finance/economics, memoir/narrative, essays and cultural criticism. Melissa’s authors have won numerous awards including the Pulitzer, the National Book Critic Circle Award, the Whiting Award, the Windham Campbell Prize, the Rona Jaffe Award, the Hugo Award, n + 1 writer’s fellowship and The Nation’s Ridenhour Prize among others.

Stephanie Fretwell-Hill
Stephanie Fretwell-Hill
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Picture Book
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Stephanie Fretwell-Hill is a literary agent with over 15 years’ experience in the children’s book publishing industry. After starting her career in foreign rights at Walker Books in the UK, Stephanie moved home to the US as an acquiring editor at Peachtree Publishers. In 2016, she joined Red Fox Literary where she represents authors and illustrators of fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle grade, and YA. Stephanie lives in North Carolina with her English husband, two very spirited daughters, a rescued border collie, and three chickens.

Gabriela Garcia
Gabriela Garcia
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
While You’re Waiting: Moving from Getting an Agent to Getting Published
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Gabriela Garcia is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Best American PoetryTin HouseZyzzyvaIowa Review, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in fiction from Purdue and lives in the Bay Area. Of Women and Salt is her first novel.


Stephanie Kim
Stephanie Kim
Agent
— Day 1: Panels —
Query Quagmire: What Bogs Down Your Query
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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.

Jeff Kleinman
Jeff Kleinman
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 1
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Jeff Kleinman is an agent and founding partner of Folio Literary Management. He represents fiction and nonfiction, from book club and literary fiction to narrative nonfiction and memoir. He wants projects that can make a difference, unique voices, magnificently strong characters, unusual premises, and books that offer up new perspective.

Jacqueline Ko
Jacqueline Ko
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 2
– bio –
Jacqueline Ko is a literary agent at The Wylie Agency, where she has worked since 2007 representing literary fiction as well as history, journalism, cultural criticism, science, humor, poetry, narrative nonfiction, and graphic/illustrated work. She holds a BA in English from Yale. The Wylie Agency has operated for over thirty-five years out of offices in New York and London

Alexandra Levick
Alexandra Levick
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Middle Grade/Young Adult 1
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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.  

Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy
Agent
— Day 1: Panels —
When An Agent Calls: What to Expect, What to Know, What to Ask
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Middle Grade/Young Adult 2
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Jim McCarthy is an agent and vice president at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, where he’s been for 18 years. He represents adult, young adult, and middle grade, both literary and commercial, and is particularly interested in literary fiction, underrepresented voices, fantasy, mysteries, romance, anything unusual or unexpected, and any book that makes him cry or laugh out loud.

Daniel Jose Older
Daniel Jose Older
Presenter
— Day 1: Panels —
Featured Author Interview
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Daniel José Older is the New York Times best-selling author of the upcoming novel Ballad & Dagger, as well as Flood City, the monthly comic series The High Republic Adventures, and much more. He wrote the Shadowshaper Cypher series, including Shadowshaper, which was named one of the best fantasy books of all time by TIME magazine and one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, The World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award, the Locus, and the Mythopoeic Award.

Charlie Olsen
Charlie Olsen
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Graphic Novels/Graphic Memoirs
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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.


Sharon Pelletier
Sharon Pelletier
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Mystery/Thriller/Horror
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Sharon Pelletier joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2013 after working for Europa Editions and Barnes & Noble. While her interests are broad, Sharon 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. In all categories she particularly welcomes marginalized voices.


Alexa Stark
Alexa Stark
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 1
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Alexa Stark joined Trident in 2012, and spent the first few years working with Ellen Levine and her illustrious authors. Alexa is now actively growing her own client list, representing a range of literary and upmarket fiction as well as select nonfiction. She is particularly drawn to literary debuts with a unique voice and perspective, stories about dysfunctional friendships and families, edgy coming-of-age tales, character-driven suspense and thrillers, and fiction that delves into the surreal.

J. L. Stermer
J. L. Stermer
Agent
— Day 2: Panels —
While You’re Waiting: Moving from Getting an Agent to Getting Published
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Nonfiction/Memoir 1
– bio –

JL is an agent at New Leaf Literary & Media. She is adding to her non-fiction list in both YA and adult categories with smart pop-culture, style, health & wellness, self-help, and memoir and more. She's looking for voices that reflect the world as it changes, stories that share the human experience of life, love, growth, and achievement. And they don’t have to all be serious–having fun is important!

Sabrina Taitz
Sabrina Taitz
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 2
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Sabrina Taitz is a literary agent at William Morris Endeavor, representing adult fiction, YA, and nonfiction. On the fiction side, Sabrina is looking for literary and upmarket writing for both her adult and YA titles. For non-fiction, she’s looking for journalism, narrative, memoir, inspirational, lifestyle, and essay collections. Sabrina is particularly interested in championing diverse voices writing stories that have been underrepresented in the publishing landscape.


Chuck Wendig
Chuck Wendig
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
Author Power: Negotiating, Revising, and When to Walk Away
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Chuck Wendig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, Zer0es/Invasive, Wanderers, and the upcoming Book of Accidents (July 2021). He’s also worked in a variety of other formats, including comics, games, film, and television. He is also known for his books about writing. His agent is Stacia Decker, with Dunow, Carlson and LernerTerribleminds is his blog. Here he rambles on about writing, parenthood, food, pop culture, and other such shenanigans. It is NSFW and NSFL.

Hari Ziyad
Hari Ziyad
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
Author Power: Negotiating, Revising, and When to Walk Away
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Hari Ziyad is a screenwriter, the editor-in-chief of RaceBaitr, and the bestselling author of Black Boy Out of Time (Little A, March 1). They are a 2021 Lambda Literary Fellow, and their writing has been featured in Vanity Fair, Gawker, Out, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Ebony, Mic, Slate and Salon among other publications.