Meet Our Team: 2019-2020
Meg Wolitzer’s novels include
The Female Persuasion,
The Ten-Year Nap,
The Position, and
The Wife, which was made into a film that garnered Glenn Close an Academy Award nomination.
Wolitzer, who has also written books for young readers, was guest editor of
The Best American Short Stories 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in
The Pushcart Prize, and
The Best American Short Stories. She has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University’s School of the
Arts. Skidmore College, and the 92nd Street Y, and along with singer-songwriter Suzzy
Roche, Wolitzer was a guest artist in the Princeton Atelier at Princeton University.
Susan Scarf Merrell
Susan Scarf Merrell is most recently the author of
Shirley: A Novel, soon to be a major motion picture starring Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Program director of BookEnds, Merrell also co-directs the Southampton Writers Conference
and teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton.
A former fiction editor of
TSR: The Southampton Review, Merrell’s writing appears most recently in
The New York Times,
The Los Angeles Review of Books,
The Common Online and
The Washington Post.
Amy Hempel is the author of five story collections, including
Sing to It,
Reasons to Live,
At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom,
Tumble Home, and
The Dog of the Marriage.
The New York Times named
The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel one of the Ten Best Books of 2006. A 2017 inductee to the American Academy of Arts
and Letters, Hempel is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences;
a Guggenheim Fellow; and the recipient of the Hobson Award, a USA Fellowship grant,
the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction.
Paul Harding is the author of two novels,
Tinkers - which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His third novel,
This Other Eden is forthcoming from Random House. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim
Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the PEN American Robert Bingham
Fellowship for Writers. He was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown,
MA, and has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, The Michener Center for Writers
and Harvard University.
Karen E. Bender
Karen E. Bender is the author of two story collections:
Refund, a Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, a shortlist selection for the
Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, a longlist selection for the Story
Prize, and a
Los Angeles Times bestseller, and
The New Order, a longlist selection for the Story prize. She is also the author of two novels:
Like Normal People, a
Los Angeles Times bestseller, a
Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection,
A Town of Empty Rooms.
Christina Baker Kline
New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, Christina Baker Kline is published in 40 countries.
Her latest novel,
A Piece of the World,
explores the real-life relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject
of his masterpiece
. An instant
New York Times
A Piece of the World
was awarded the 2018 New England Prize for Fiction and the Maine Literary Award,
among other prizes.
Kline has written five other novels —
Orphan Train Girl,
The Way Life Should Be,
Bird in Hand,
Her new novel, about Australia’s complicated convict history, will be published in
Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and raised there as well as in the American
South and Maine. She is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and the University of Virginia,
where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing. She has taught fiction and
nonfiction writing, poetry, English literature, literary theory, and women’s studies
at Yale, NYU, and the University of Virginia, and served as Writer-in-Residence at
Fordham University for four years. She is a recipient of several Geraldine R. Dodge
Foundation Fellowships and Writer-in-Residence Fellowships at the Virginia Center
for the Creative Arts. Kline now lives in New York City with her husband, David Kline.
They are the parents of three sons, Hayden, Will, and Eli. Kline spends as much time
as possible in Southwest Harbor, Maine.
Matthew Klam was named one of the twenty best fiction writers in America under 40
The New Yorker. He’s a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Robert Bingham/PEN Award, a Whiting
Writer’s Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts. His first book,
Sam The Cat and Other Stories, a finalist for the
Los Angeles Times Book of the Year in the category of first fiction, was selected as a Notable Book
of the Year by
The New York Times,
The Los Angeles Times,
The Kansas City Star, and by the Borders for their New Voices series. His second book,
Who Is Rich?, was selected as Notable Book of the Year by
The New York Times and
The Washington Post, and was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. His work has been
The New Yorker,
GQ Magazine, and
The New York Times Magazine. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Hollins College, and has
taught creative writing in many places including Johns Hopkins University, St. Albans
School, American University, and Stockholm University in Sweden.
Fiona Maazel is author of the novels
Little More Human,
Woke Up Lonely, and
Last Last Chance.
Maazel is winner of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship and the Bard Prize for Fiction. Her
stories have appeared in
Conjunctions, Harper’s, Ploughshares, Tin House,
Best American Short Stories
2017, and elsewhere.
She has taught in the creative writing programs at Brooklyn College, NYU, Adelphi,
Princeton, Syracuse, Columbia, and the University of Leipzig, Germany, and is currently
the Director of Communications for a legal nonprofit, Measures for Justice. She lives
in Brooklyn, NY.
Scott Cheshire is the author of the novel
High as the Horses' Bridles
, a Best Book of 2014 pick at
The Washington Post
The Wall Street Journal
New York Magazine
His work has been published in
Electric Literature, Guernica, Harper’s
, and the Picador
Book of Men
He is a managing editor at
and lives in New York City.
Sarah has been an agent with Levine Greenberg Rostan since 2016. She represents high-concept,
genre-busting literary novels, domestic and psychological suspense, upmarket, big-hearted
family epics, historical fiction, and international, diverse voices.
She loves most types of literary and upmarket commercial fiction, especially novels
that show powerful imagination, compulsive plotting and unique points of view that
say something important. Family dramas, cross-genre narratives with notes of magical
realism, darkly Gothic stories that may lead to nightmares and twisty psychological
suspense are among her favorite things to read. A southerner at heart, she can't help
but love books set in the south, but she’s a die-hard for any world immersive enough
to make her miss her stop on the train or cry in public.
Hailing from North Carolina, Sarah graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a double major
in Psychology and English. She spent her first three years in New York teaching 11
th-grade English in the Bronx and getting her masters at Hunter College. She began her
publishing career in trade fiction editorial at Crown and Hogarth, where she worked
for almost five years before becoming an agent.
Eleanor Jackson is a literary agent at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner.
Her list includes authors of fiction and nonfiction in a wide range of categories,
including David Wroblewski (
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
,) Susan Straight (
In The Country of Women
,) Susie Steiner, (
,) Hallie Rubenhold, (
) and Tanaz Bhathena (
Hunted by the Sky.)
She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
is the Co-Head of WME’s Worldwide Literary Department, the largest provider of authors
to the major publishing houses in the United States, with more than thirty agents
in New York, Los Angeles, London and Nashville. In 2002, a year after she joined the
company, she was one of the first two women elected to the William Morris Board of
Over her thirty-year career in the industry, Suzanne has represented over 100
New York Times bestselling books across a wide variety of genres. Her books have changed the way
we think about the world and have become a part of our popular culture, from groundbreaking
literary fiction to works of nonfiction about history, science, and contemporary life. Her
client list includes Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt of
Freakonomics; Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of
The New York Times; Min Jin Lee, acclaimed author of
Pachinko; radio host and author Kurt Andersen; perennial bestseller Dorothea Benton Frank;
Peggy Orenstein, author of the groundbreaking
Girls & Sex; John Berendt, author of the record-breaking bestseller
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; acclaimed writer and director Adriana Trigiani; Meg Wolitzer, bestselling author
The Female Persuasion and
The Wife; and generation-defining children’s author Judy Blume.