Reagan Arthur

Reagan Arthur is Executive Vice President, Publisher of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House, which she joined in February of 2020, after nearly 20 years at Little, Brown. Writers she’s worked with include Kate Atkinson, Ian McEwan, Tina Fey, Ian Rankin, Attica Locke, Megan Abbott, Joshua Ferris, Nathan Hill, and Bono. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers.

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Jean Garnett

Jean Garnett is a senior editor at Little, Brown and Company, where she has worked on books by Malcolm Harris, Jenny Slate, Sabrina Imbler, Jeremy Atherton Lin, and others. Her authors have been National and New York Times best sellers and have won numerous awards and prizes, including the National Books Critics Circle Award, the Giller Prize, and the LA Times Book Award. Jean is also a Pushcart Prize-winning writer whose work has appeared on the New Yorker website, in the Paris Daily Review and the Yale Review.

Kirby Kim

Kirby Kim has worked for Charlotte Sheedy Literary, Vigliano Associates, WME, and Janklow & Nesbit. He represents both literary and commercial authors. He’s most interested in receiving manuscripts that straddle the fence bit, with upmarket expression combined with a genre element or plot device. His commercial interests include thrillers, mysteries, and speculative fiction. He also represents a range of nonfiction, working with leaders and journalists in the areas of science, culture, business, and current affairs. Some of his clients include award-winning science fiction writer Ted Chiang, Edgar winner James A. McLaughlin, Bloomberg Business Week journalist Lauren Etter, rapper/actor Common, two-time National Book Award winner in the Philippines Gina Apostol, and debut novelists Ling Ling Huang and Adam White. Kirby is currently a board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop.

Dan López

Dan López, based in Los Angeles, is an Assistant Editor at Counterpoint Press. His interests include literary and commercial fiction, cultural histories, works in translation (particularly from the Spanish), and books that explore the Hispanic/Latino(a)/Latinx experience. He grew up in Florida and has lived in New York City and San Francisco. He is also the author of the short story collection Part the Hawser, Limn the Sea, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and the novel The Show House, named a Best Book of the Year by Chicago Review of Books. 

Michael Mungiello

Michael Mungiello is an agent at InkWell Management where he represents literary fiction and a diverse range of nonfiction. His clients have been published in and covered by the New York Times, New Yorker, Paris Review, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, with several of their books being named best books of the year by NPR and Bloomberg. Michael has lectured and taught workshops at Ohio State University, Gotham Writers Workshop, and Authors Publish. He is originally from New Jersey and lives in Brooklyn.

BJ Robbins

BJ Robbins established her Los Angeles-based agency in 1992 after a multifaceted career in book publishing, from publicity at Simon & Schuster to Marketing Director and later Senior Editor at Harcourt. She represents commercial and literary fiction, as well as a wide array of nonfiction, including memoir, history, pop culture, and science. Her client list includes award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones, Renee Swindle, Nafisa Haji, Max Byrd, J. Maarten Troost, James Donovan, John Hough, Via Bleidner,, Mary Volmer, Mel Watkins, Adam Nimoy, and the late James D. Houston.

Andrew Tonkovich

Andrew Tonkovich is the editor of the Santa Monica Review, and founding editor of Citric Acid. He is the author of two story collections, and co-author with Lisa Alvarez of Orange County: A Literary Field Guide. He has written reviews and commentary in the Los Angeles Times, LA Review of Books, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Ecotone, Juked and OC Weekly. He is also the host of KPFK’s Bibliocracy Radio. [F]

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David L. Ulin

David L. Ulin is the author, most recently, of the novel Thirteen Question Method. His other books include Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay; The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time; and Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. He is the books editor of Alta and the former book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Harper’s, The Paris Review, and The Best American Essays 2020. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and Ucross Foundation, as well as a COLA Individual Master Artist Grant from the City of Los Angeles, he is a Professor of English at the University of Southern California, where he edits the journal Air/Light. [F/NF]

Oscar Villalon

Oscar Villalon is the editor of ZYZZYVA, a recipient of the Whiting Literary Magazine Prize. His work has been published in several publications, including The Believer, Stranger’s Guide, Alta, and Lit Hub, where he is a contributing editor. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and their son.

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Blaise Zerega

Blaise Zerega is the editorial director of Alta Journal, an award-winning quarterly focused on the arts and culture of California and the West. At Alta, Blaise is responsible for print, online, events, and personnel; he personally edits all fiction and poetry. His journalism has appeared in the New Yorker, WIRED, Conde Nast Portfolio, and other publications. Blaise’s media appearances include Today, The View, NPR, and CNN. He attended the United States Military Academy, New York University, and the University of Texas, where he received a Michener Fellowship for fiction writing from the Texas Center for Writers.