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 (bestselling author of The Light We Lost), Elizabeth Rosner, Maya Lang, Alice Lichtenstein, and Jennifer Murphy. Her nonfiction authors include Marja Mills (bestselling author of The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee), Andrew Carroll (bestselling author of War Letters), Adina Hoffman (winner of an inaugural Windham Campbell prize), Dr. Sue Johnson, Harriet Brown, Phil Zuckerman, and Donna Freitas. Miriam also represents authors of middle grade and young adult literature, including The National Book Award Finalist Leslie Connor, Ted Sanders, Alex Sanchez, and the late Walter Dean Myers, who served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
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
Ben George is a Senior Editor at Little, Brown and Company, where he has worked with Rick Bass, David Bezmozgis, Tony Earley, James Hannaham, Adam Haslett, Leslie Jamison, Rick Moody, Lauren Slater, Luis Alberto Urrea, Amy Waldman, and Daniel Woodrell, among other writers. He has edited the national bestsellers The Recovering, by Leslie Jamison; The House of Broken Angels, by Luis Alberto Urrea; Honeydew, by Edith Pearlman, which was long-listed for the National Book Award; For a Little While by Rick Bass, which won the Story Prize; and Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, was long-listed for the National Book Award, and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other books he has edited include the PEN/Faulkner Award winner Delicious Foods, by James Hannaham, and the National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Binocular Vision, by Edith Pearlman. Prior to joining Little, Brown, he was an editor at Viking Penguin and before that the editor of the literary journal Ecotone, where he worked with Annie Proulx, Jonathan Lethem, Denis Johnson, Charles Baxter, Terry Tempest Williams, Ron Rash, and John Jeremiah Sullivan, among many others.
Susan Golomb has been an agent of literary and upmarket fiction and non-fiction for over 30 years both with her own agency and now with Writers House. Her clients include National Book Award Winners Jonathan Franzen and William T. Vollmann; New York Times bestsellers Rachel Kushner (also a NBA and Booker nominee), Imbolo Mbue (winner of the Penn Faulkner award), Noah Hawley, Janelle Brown, Gwyn Hyman Rubio, David Breashears and Harry S. Dent Jr., among others. She also represents Community of Writers alums Glen David Gold, Krys Lee and Wayétu Moore. Susan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and is always looking for excellent literary or commercial fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction.
Tom Lutz is the founding editor of Los Angeles Review of Books and founder of the LARB/USC Publishing Workshop, LARB Radio Hour, and LARB Books. He is the American Book Award-winning author of And the Monkey Learned Nothing, Drinking Mare’s Milk, Crying, Doing Nothing, and other books, and has published over a hundred pieces in journals, magazines, newspapers, and collections, and has written for TV and film. He has taught at Iowa, Stanford, CalArts, and Copenhagen, and is now Distinguished Professor at UC Riverside’s Department of Creative Writing. https://lareviewofbooks.org/contributor/tom-lutz/
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Christine Pride is a writer, editor and 15-year publishing veteran. She has held posts at various Big Five imprints, including Doubleday, Broadway, Crown, Hyperion, and, most recently, as a Senior Editor at Simon and Schuster. She also had a wonderful stint as a freelance editor and ghostwriter. In October 2018, Christine sold two novels, written with Jo Piazza, to Harper Collins/Morrow. She stepped away from a full-time role at S&S in order to focus on those projects, though she still serves as an editor at large. The first book, We Are Not Like Them, will be published in Spring 2020. As an editor, Christine has published a range of books, with a special emphasis on inspirational stories and memoirs, including Heaven is Here, A Reason to Believe, No One Tells You This, and Dear World. Christine attended the University of Missouri’s broadcast journalism program and worked in non-profit management before embarking on a career in book publishing. www.christinepride.com
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Jack Shoemaker has been a bookseller and publisher for more than fifty years. Founder and editor of North Point Press, he is the Founding Editor and Editorial Director of Counterpoint Press in Berkeley, California.
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Peter Steinberg has represented numerous New York Times bestsellers (including three #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 agencies since and then ran a namesake shop for several years before joining Foundry. Peter is a graduate of NYU film school and worked briefly in the film business and was a screenwriter prior to becoming a literary agent.
Jonah Straus founded Straus Literary, a boutique agency in San Francisco with an office in New York, in 2007. He specializes in literary fiction, often with an international or multicultural outlook, as well as journalism, history, narrative, and the culinary arts. Fiction clients include Achy Obejas (Days of Awe, Ballantine), Whiting Award-winner John Keene (Counternarratives, New Directions), David Hollander (L.I.E. Ballantine), Saramago Prize-winner Adriana Lisboa (Crow-Blue, Bloomsbury), and Clark Blaise (Lunar Attractions, Doubleday). Nonfiction writers include Drauzio Varella (Lockdown, Simon & Schuster), Sarah DiGregorio (Early, HarperCollins, forthcoming), Edward McClelland (Nothin But Blue Skies, Bloomsbury) and Gordon Weiss (The Cage, Random House).
Andrew Tonkovich edits the West Coast literary journal Santa Monica Review and hosts “Bibliocracy,” a weekly books show on Pacifica Radio KPFK in Southern California. His most recent essays, short stories and reviews appear in the OC Weekly, Los Angeles Review of Books, Orange Coast Review, Faultline, ZYZZYVA and Ecotone. He is the co-editor, with Lisa Alvarez, of the first-ever literary anthology of writing from and about Orange County, California. Published by Heyday, Orange County: A Literary Field Guide includes contributions from writers who have taught in or attended the Community of Writers poetry and fiction workshops, including founder Oakley Hall.
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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