Agents and Presenters

Here are the agents, presenters, and panelists for 2021 Gotham Writers Conference.

Kurestin Armada
Kurestin Armada
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Science Fiction/Fantasy 1
– bio –

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
– bio –

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.

Stephen Barr
Stephen Barr
Agent
— Day 1: Panels —
Query Quagmire: What Bogs Down Your Query
– bio –

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.

Caitlin Blasdell
Caitlin Blasdell
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Science Fiction/Fantasy 2
– bio –

Caitlin Blasdell has been a literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates since 2002 with a focus on commercial fiction.  Before becoming an agent, she was a senior editor at HarperCollins Publishers. She specializes in quality commercial fiction including science fiction & fantasy, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and women’s fiction.  She also handles a few select middle grade and YA authors.

Andrea Blatt
Andrea Blatt
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 3
– bio –

Andrea Blatt is a literary agent at WME. A Kansas native and graduate of Vanderbilt University, Andrea is seeking smart book club fiction, upmarket thrillers, and literary environmental and speculative fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction, journalism, untold history, and books that make the political personal to illuminate our modern moment.

Jaidree Braddix
Jaidree Braddix
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Nonfiction/Memoir 2
– bio –

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." 

Kelly Caldwell
Kelly Caldwell
Presenter
— Day 1: Panels —
When An Agent Calls: What to Expect, What to Know, What to Ask
– bio –

Kelly Caldwell has written for Vox, Pacific Standard, Entropy, New York Newsday, House BeautifulTime Out New York, The Writer, and Essay Daily, among many others. One of her essays was named a Notable Essay by the editors of the Best American Essays series and anthologized in If These Walls Could Talk: Thoughts of Home. She is also dean of faculty at Gotham Writers Workshop.

Linda Camacho
Linda Camacho
Agent
— Day 1: Panels —
Query Quagmire: What Bogs Down Your Query
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Graphic Novels/Graphic Memoirs
– bio –

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.

Jamie Carr
Jamie Carr
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 4
– bio –

Jamie Carr joined The Book Group in January 2020 as an agent. Prior, she worked in the literary department of William Morris Endeavor for almost six years. Born and raised in Lower Manhattan, she has an MFA in fiction writing and began her career in the books department of Tin House. Most interested in adult literary and upmarket commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction, she is drawn to writing that is highly transporting and that seeks to disrupt or reframe what appears to be known.

K-Ming Chang
K-Ming Chang
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
The Home Stretch: Navigating What Happens After the Sale
– bio –

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.

Angie Chatman
Angie Chatman
Presenter
— Day 1: Panels —
Gotham Writers Story Slam
— Day 2: Panels —
The Home Stretch: Navigating What Happens After the Sale
– bio –

Angie Chatman is a contributor to Business Insider and iPondr, and her short stories have been anthologized in Dine, and appeared in Pangyrus, the Rumpus, YahooLife, Blood Orange Review, Hippocampus magazine, fwriction:review, and the blog Slice of MIT. She has performed stories for The MOTH, the RISK! podcast, StoryCollider, MassMouth, Tell-All Boston, and the TV series Stories from the Stage (WGBH). She holds a BS from the Illinois Institute of Technology, an MS in Economics from MIT Sloan, and an MFA in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction from Queens University of Charlotte.

Lilly Dancyger
Lilly Dancyger
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
Author Power: Negotiating, Revising, and When to Walk Away
– bio –

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.

Jon Darga
Jon Darga
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Nonfiction/Memoir 2
– bio –

Jon Darga is a literary agent at Aevitas, where he represents both fiction and nonfiction. Prior to Aevitas, he worked as an editor at Crown, a division within Penguin Random House. He attended the Columbia University Publishing Course and holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan.

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 1
– bio –

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
– bio –

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
– bio –

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
– bio –

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
– bio –

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.

Seth Fried
Seth Fried
Presenter
— Day 1: Panels —
Query Quagmire: What Bogs Down Your Query
– 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.

Gabriela Garcia
Gabriela Garcia
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
While You’re Waiting: Moving from Getting an Agent to Getting Published
– bio –

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.


Connor Goldsmith
Connor Goldsmith
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Science Fiction/Fantasy 2
– bio –

Connor Goldsmith is a senior literary agent at Fuse Literary. He began his career in publishing in 2012 at Lowenstein Associates, and joined Fuse Literary in 2014. He is passionate about media as a vehicle for social progress, and received a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from The New School. He specializes in a variety of Nonfiction titles and Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror for adults with a unique and memorable hook.

Stephanie Kim
Stephanie Kim
Agent
— Day 1: Panels —
Query Quagmire: What Bogs Down Your Query
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Nonfiction/Memoir 3
– bio –

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.

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

Angela Lam
Angela Lam
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
While You’re Waiting: Moving from Getting an Agent to Getting Published
– bio –

Angela Lam is the author of the memoir Red Eggs and Good Luck, the novels Friends First, The Divorce Planner, and Blood Moon Rising, and the short story collection The Human Act and Other Stories. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Sun, the San Jose Mercury News, SFGate, the Portland Book Review, and the Bohemian. She holds a BA from Sonoma State University.

Cleve Lamison
Cleve Lamison
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
Author Power: Negotiating, Revising, and When to Walk Away
– bio –

Cleve Lamison is the author of the science fiction novel Full-Blood Half-Breed and he is a contributing writer to Suvudu.com, a science fiction and fantasy blog at Random House. He is a staff writer for the television show Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy, and he wrote and directed the feature film Following Bliss, which won Best Feature Film at the Global Arts International Film Festival. He holds a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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

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.  

Stefanie Lieberman
Stefanie Lieberman
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 6
– bio –

Stefanie Lieberman is a literary agent and senior counsel at Janklow & Nesbit. She focuses primarily on upmarket fiction with commercial appeal. She loves literary thrillers, historical fiction, quick-witted beach and book club reads, and any plot-driven story with a distinctive voice and a smart, high-concept hook. Stefanie also gravitates towards novels with a strong sense of time and place, a unique atmosphere, or gripping, edge-of-the-seat suspense. She’s always on the hunt for writers who make her laugh.

Chad Luibl
Chad Luibl
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 5
– bio –

Chad Luibl is an agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. He comes from the workshop model of creative writing and has a hands-on editorial approach to agenting. For fiction, he is particularly drawn to novels that are more character or plot-driven, thrillers that are as inventive as they are suspenseful, speculative and historical fiction that offer a nuanced perspective on place, and graphic novels that push the boundaries of the genre.

Katherine Odom-Tomchin
Katherine Odom-Tomchin
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 1
– bio –

Katherine Odom-Tomchin is the Audio Rights Director and a literary agent at Folio Literary Management. For fiction, she most enjoys dark, mind-bending narratives, often with a unique world-building element, that strike a chord with their audience. Whatever genre, she finds herself struck by stories that reveal some dark, hidden facts about the people or world around us. That said, she also has a soft spot for LGBTQIA+ fiction, which she reads guiltily while the latest Stephen King novel sits judging her from her bedside table.

Daniel Jose Older
Daniel Jose Older
Presenter
— Day 1: Panels —
Featured Author Interview
– bio –

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
– bio –

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.


Emma Parry
Emma Parry
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 4
– bio –

Emma Parry became a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit in New York after selling her agency Fletcher & Parry. Previously, she worked at Carlisle & Company and Gillon Aitken Associates in London. She represents select novelists and non-fiction—whether reportage, history, memoir, science or idea-driven—which tells great stories and changes the conversation. For more on clients and titles see: Emma Parry. Instagram: that_emma_parry

Sharon Pelletier
Sharon Pelletier
Agent
— Day 2: Panels —
The Home Stretch: Navigating What Happens After the Sale
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Mystery/Thriller/Horror
– bio –

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.


Erica Rand Silverman
Erica Rand Silverman
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Picture Book
– bio –

Erica is a senior agent at Stimola Literary Studio. Her primary interest is in books for and about children. She represents picture books through young adult and the occasional adult nonfiction project in parenting, humor and wellness.

Abby Saul
Abby Saul
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Mystery/Thriller/Horror
– bio –

Abby Saul founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She’s looking for great and engrossing adult commercial (including mysteries/thrillers, women's, and historical) and literary fiction. She's not looking for fantasy, sci-fi, or political thrillers - and no kids' books. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends—when she’s not reading—cooking and hiking with her husband and son. Find her @BookySaul on Twitter.

Dani Segelbaum
Dani Segelbaum
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 3
– bio –

is a Literary Agent at Carol Mann Agency. She hopes to work with authors from diverse backgrounds. Her typical preferences include narrative nonfiction, contemporary fiction, memoir, women’s fiction, popular culture, and lifestyle. Prior to Carol Mann, she was a junior agent at New Leaf and an editorial assistant at HarperCollins Publishers. She holds a BA in Journalism and Political Science from Boston University's College of Communication.

Josh Sippie
Josh Sippie
Presenter
— Day 1: Panels —
Featured Author Interview
– bio –

Josh Sippie is Gotham’s director of contests and conferences. He is managing editor of the blog Pain in the Arsenal. He has published fiction and nonfiction in Hobart, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Brevity, the Guardian, the Writer Magazine, ScreenRant, and Points in Case. He has served as a developmental editor and proofreader for Del Sol Review and Writers Clearinghouse.

Anna Sproul-Latimer
Anna Sproul-Latimer
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Nonfiction/Memoir 3
– bio –

Anna Sproul-Latimer is the founding partner and president of Neon Literary. She represents all types of adult nonfiction--from memoir and history to pop culture, science, and parenting. She is drawn to buzzing, bright, curious, and slightly demented authors driven by enthusiasm so infectious that (inter)national audiences are already paying attention. She seeks authors motivated by a true mission--a clear answer to the question, “What is the legacy I want to leave in the world?”

Alexa Stark
Alexa Stark
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 1
– bio –

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 1: Panels —
When An Agent Calls: What to Expect, What to Know, What to Ask
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 2
– bio –

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.


Jessica Watterson
Jessica Watterson
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 6
– bio –

Jessica Waterson is an agent at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, where she's been since 2013. She is drawn to fun, fresh voices, and character-driven stories that keep a reader turning the page needing to know what happens next. Independent heroines are a must, in addition to well-realized heroes who aren't alpha-holes.  

Chuck Wendig
Chuck Wendig
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
Author Power: Negotiating, Revising, and When to Walk Away
– bio –

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.

Michaela Whatnall
Michaela Whatnall
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Middle Grade/Young Adult 2
– bio –

Michaela Whatnall is an agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Their background in school and library marketing accounts for their strong interest in children’s literature, from picture books up through middle grade and young adult novels and graphic novels. In the adult fiction space, they are particularly seeking character-driven speculative fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and other genre fiction that features historically underrepresented characters. They are also interested in nonfiction for both children and adults, especially narrative nonfiction in the areas of history, the creative arts, and lifestyle.

Maria Whelan
Maria Whelan
Agent
— Day 3: Roundtables —
Literary/Mainstream Fiction 5
– bio –

Maria Whalen is a literary agent at Inkwell Management. Before joining Inkwell, she worked as a Foreign Rights Assistant at Janklow & Nesbit and interned at Akashic Books. Maria enjoys literary fiction, magical realism, upmarket women’s fiction, and humor, as well as non-fiction, revolving around peculiar topics especially overlooked facets of society.

Hari Ziyad
Hari Ziyad
Presenter
— Day 2: Panels —
Author Power: Negotiating, Revising, and When to Walk Away
– bio –

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.