Agents and Presenters

Here is the lineup of agents, presenters, and panelists for the Gotham Writers Conference.

(More to be announced)

Kurestin Armada
Kurestin Armada
Agent
— Day 1 —
— Day 2 —
Genre Fiction table
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Kurestin Armada is an agent at P.S. 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.

Jenny Bent
Jenny Bent
Agent
— Day 1 —
— Day 2 —
Mainstream/Literary Fiction table
– bio –

Jenny Bent founded the Bent Agency in 2009. It has since grown to a group of thirteen agents, representing all genres of children’s and adult literature, with offices in New York City and London. Her list is diverse-from YA to commercial fiction to select nonfiction--and includes numerous New York Times bestselling authors. She particularly loves fiction that has an element of magic or fantasy, or that takes her into a strange new world, whether real or imaginary.

Kerry D'Agostino
Kerry D'Agostino
Agent
— Day 1 —
— Day 2 —
Mainstream/Literary Fiction table
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Kerry D'Agostino is an agent at Curtis Brown LTD, where she's been since 2011. She represents literary and commercial fiction and is particularly interested in work that is voice driven, accessible, and authentic. Above all, she is drawn to work that either introduces her to someone, somewhere, or something new, or makes her see something in a new way.

Seth Fried
Seth Fried
Presenter
— Day 1 —
The Writer’s View: If I Can Do It, You Can Too
— Day 2 —
– bio –

Seth Fried is the author of the novel The Municipalists and the short-story collection The Great Frustration. His short fiction has appeared in the Kenyon ReviewMcSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Missouri ReviewOne Story, and Tin House, among many others. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker's Shouts & Murmurs and to NPR's Selected Shorts.

Jeff Kleinman
Jeff Kleinman
Agent
— Day 1 —
The Agent Game Show
— Day 2 —
Nonfiction table
– bio –

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.

Kim Liao
Kim Liao
Presenter
— Day 1 —
Embracing Rejection
— Day 2 —
– bio –

Kim Liao has published short memoir, personal essays, fiction, and creative nonfiction in The Millions, The Rumpus, Salon, Lit Hub, Another Chicago Magazine, River Teeth’s “Beautiful Things” column, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Fourth River, Fringe, and Hippocampus, among others. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Creative Arts Research Fellowship. She wrote Why You Should Aim For 100 Rejections A Year

Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy
Agent
— Day 1 —
— Day 2 —
Middle Grade/Young Adult table
– bio –

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.

Alec Shane
Alec Shane
Agent
— Day 1 —
— Day 2 —
Genre Fiction table
– bio –

Alec Shane is an agent at Writer’s House, where he’s been since 2008. He represents a fairly eclectic mix of children and adult fiction and nonfiction. He loves mysteries, thrillers, bad-ass protagonists with a chip on their shoulders, beautifully told historical fiction, well-researched adventure stories, and great horror.

J. L. Stermer
J. L. Stermer
Agent
— Day 1 —
— Day 2 —
Nonfiction table
– 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!

Suzie Townsend
Suzie Townsend
Agent
— Day 1 —
— Day 2 —
Middle Grade/Young Adult table
– bio –

Suzie Townsend has been an agent at New Leaf Literary & Media since its inception in 2012. She represents all brands of children’s and adult fiction. She loves women’s fiction, narrative non-fiction, memoir, and debut fiction. She is interested in select YA and MG and loves strong characters and voice-driven stories that break out of the typical tropes of their genres, and she’s always looking for unique new voices in stories.