Miriam Altshuler

Miriam Altshuler began her career at Russell & Volkening and in 1994 established her own agency, which she ran for twenty-one years until she joined DeFiore in early 2016. She focuses primarily on literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. Novelists she represents include Jill Santopolo, Jennifer Murphy, Elizabeth Rosner, Tameka Cage Conley, Robb Forman Dew (National Book Award winner of Dale Loves Sophie to Death), Maya Lang, Alice Lichtenstein, and Douglas Trevor. Her nonfiction authors include Marja Mills (bestselling author of The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee), Wednesday Martin (New York Times bestselling author of Primates of Park Avenue), Andrew Carroll (bestselling author of War Letters), Adina Hoffman (winner of an inaugural Windham Campbell prize), Dr. Sue Johnson, Harriet Brown, Phil Zuckerman, and former New York Times columnist, Alina Tugend. Miriam also represents authors of middle grade and young adult literature, including Ted Sanders (author of The Keepers series), Leslie Connor, Donna Freitas, Alex Sanchez, and the late Walter Dean Myers, who served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Michael V. Carlisle

Michael Carlisle, a founder of InkWell Management, has been involved with the Community of Writers for many years. His fiction and nonfiction client list includes prize-winning as well as debut authors. A former director of the Association of Author’s Representatives, a not-for-profit organization of independent literary and dramatic agents, Michael is an active member of PEN. He directs the Nonfiction Program of the Community of Writers and serves on the Board of Directors. http://inkwellmanagement.com/staff/michael-v.-carlisle

Ann Close

Ann Close is a Senior Editor at Alfred A Knopf, where she publishes literary fiction, nonfiction, and several poets. Her writers include Alice Munro, Norman Rush, Jayne Anne Phillips, Gish Jen, Stephen Harrigan, Jay Cantor, Lawrence Wright, Martin Sherwin, and poets Philip Levine, Brad Leithauser, and Marge Piercy.

Ben George

Ben George is a Senior Editor at Little, Brown and Company, where he edits Rick Bass, David Bezmozgis, Tony Earley, Adam Haslett, Leslie Jamison, Rick Moody, Edith Pearlman, and Lauren Slater, among other writers. Prior to joining Little, Brown he was an editor at Viking Penguin, and before that the co-founder and editorial director of Lookout Books, where he published Edith Pearlman’s Binocular Vision, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the National Book Award. While at Lookout Books he was also the editor of the literary journal Ecotone, where he worked with Annie Proulx, Jonathan Lethem, Denis Johnson, Ann Beattie, Charles Baxter, Terry Tempest Williams, and John Jeremiah Sullivan, among many others. Ben joined the staff at the Community of Writers in 2017.

Susan Golomb

Susan Golomb graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and began working in theater as a production coordinator and story editor before moving to publishing. She founded the Susan Golomb Literary Agency in 1988 with Jonathan Franzen as her first client and joined Writers House in 2015. Susan is always looking for excellent literary or commercial fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. She represents a long list of award-winning authors, including Rachel Kushner, William T. Vollman, Noah Hawley, Imbolo Mbue, Glen David Gold, Harry Dent, and Yvon Chouinard.


Tom Lutz

Tom Lutz is the author of And the Monkey Learned Nothing: Dispatches from a Life in Transit, Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World: Wandering the Globe from Azerbaijan to Zanzibar, the American Book Award-winning Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers and Bums, and other books, as well as many pieces in literary, general interest, and academic venues. He has taught at the University of Iowa, University of Copenhagen, Stanford, and CalArts, and is now at University of California, Riverside. He is the founding editor-in-chief and publisher of Los Angeles Review of Books.

Celina Spiegel

Celina Spiegel is Publisher and Senior Vice President of Spiegel & Grau, which she co-founded with Julie Grau as an imprint of Random House with the mission of bringing to readers new voices and stories that help shape the way people understand the world. Among the writers she has edited at Spiegel & Grau are Ari Shavit, James McBride, Yann Martel, Sana Krasikov, Philipp Meyer, Harold Bloom, Sara Gruen, Justin Davidson, Steven Rinella, Laura McHugh, Leslie Chang, and Domenica Ruta. Before starting Spiegel & Grau, Cindy was Publisher (and founding editor) of Riverhead Books, where she launched the careers of Khaled Hosseini, James McBride, Chang-rae Lee, Kathleen Norris, Gary Shteyngart, ZZ Packer, and Alex Garland and edited and published bestselling books by Harold Bloom, Dan Pink, and Anne Lamott, among others.

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Peter Steinberg

Peter Steinberg has represented numerous New York Times bestsellers (including two #1 New York Times bestsellers) and clients have been nominated for or awarded Edgars, The Pulitzer Prize, The Story Prize, The Paris Review Discovery Prize, PEN/Faulkner and National Book Awards. His list includes narrative non-fiction, commercial and literary fiction, memoir, health, history, lifestyle, humor, sports and young adult. Several of his authors have had their books made into major motion pictures, including Towelhead and I Love You Phillip Morris. Peter began his agenting career as an assistant at Donadio & Ashworth in 1996, where he was fortunate enough to assist many great writers including Mario Puzo, Peter Matthiessen, Edward Gorey, Cathleen Schine, Robert Stone and Chuck Palahniuk. He has sold books for a couple of agencies since and then ran a namesake shop for several years before joining the Foundry Literary Agency.

Oscar Villalon

Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. His reviews, essays, and interviews have been published in VQR, Zocalo, The Believer, Lit Hub, The Daily Beast, and many other publications. A former board member of the National Book Critics Circle, and past book editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, he lives with his wife and son in San Francisco. www.zyzzyva.org

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