Reagan Arthur grew up in Southern California and moved to New York in 1989. After more than ten years at Picador/St. Martin’s Press, she joined Little, Brown as a Senior Editor in 2001, and in 2013 she became Publisher. In 2020, she was named publisher at Knopf. Writers she has worked with include Kate Atkinson, Joshua Ferris, Joanna Scott, Denise Mina, James Patterson, Attica Locke, Rachel Cusk, Elin Hilderbrand, George Pelecanos, Ian Rankin, Gail Collins, Jake Tapper, and Tina Fey.
Elise Capron is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, which was founded over 40 years ago, and which is known for representing a wide range of fiction and non-fiction authors, including literary icons such as Amy Tan. Elise has been with SDLA for 16 years, and focuses primarily on adult literary fiction, as well as non-fiction such as cultural histories, science, medicine, and environment-focused projects by journalists and historians. She is keen to work with writers who are telling stories she has not heard before, and who have developed a strong narrative voice in their work.
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 has been a senior editor at Alfred A. Knopf Publishers for almost fifty years, where she publishes fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry. Writers she has worked with include Alice Munro, Norman Rush, Mona Simpson, Jayne Anne Phillips, Philip Levine, Brad Leithauser, Gish Jen, Lawrence Wright, and Tony Hiss.
Laura Cogan is the editor of ZYZZYVA. She holds a BA and an MA from New York University. ZYZZYVA, a San Francisco based literary journal, celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2020.
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Joy Harris established her own literary agency in 1990. She works primarily with literary fiction, strongly-written commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction across a broad range of topics, memoir and biography, and is drawn to a clear, original voice, an engaging point of view, and strong characters. She takes great pleasure in finding new literary voices, and over the course of her career has had the joy of representing many bestselling and acclaimed authors from the time of their first published work. www.joyharrisliterary.com.
Joy Johannessen has been an editor at Chelsea House, Grove Press, and Oxford University Press; a senior editor at HarperCollins Publishers; and the executive editor of Delphinium Books. She has worked with hundreds of writers, among them Rabih Alameddine, Dorothy Allison, Amy Bloom, Harold Bloom, Michael Cunningham, Larry Kramer, Ursula K. Le Guin, Arthur Miller, Ralph Nader, and Héctor Tobar. She is the co-editor, with Roxanne Coady, of The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them. She currently freelances.
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Cal Morgan is an executive editor at Riverhead Books. His authors include Akwaeke Emezi, Eula Biss, Lidia Yuknavitch, Kristen Arnett, Esmé Weijun Wang, and Edward Carey. Previously with HarperCollins and St. Martin’s Press, he also serves on the board of the Center for Fiction, the only organization in the country devoted exclusively to the promotion of fiction.
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BJ Robbins established her Los Angeles-based agency in 1992 after a multi-faceted career in book publishing in New York, first in publicity at Simon & Schuster, and later as Marketing Director and then Senior Editor at Harcourt. Her agency represents quality fiction, both literary and commercial, and general nonfiction. Clients include award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors such as Megan Allen, Max Byrd, James Donovan, Nafisa Haji, John Hough, Jr., Stephen Graham Jones, Tom Lutz, Deanne Stillman, Renee Swindle, Mary Volmer, and the late James D. Houston. www.bjrobbinsliterary.com
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’s a graduate of NYU film school and worked briefly in the film business and as a screenwriter prior to becoming a literary agent.
Andrew Tonkovich edits the West Coast literary arts journal Santa Monica Review and hosts a weekly books show and podcast, Bibliocracy Radio, on KPFK (90.7 FM) in Southern California. His essays, fiction, and reviews have appeared in the OC Weekly, Faultline, Juked, The Rattling Wall, ZYZZYVA, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the co-editor with Lisa Alvarez of Orange County: A Literary Field Guide (Heyday), author of a comic novella collection, The Dairy of Anne Frank, and a forthcoming short story collection. He teaches writing at UC Irvine, where he works with the union representing Librarians and Lecturers.
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Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. His writing has appeared most recently in Freeman’s, The Believer, and The Millions. He lives in San Francisco.