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  • Directors

    Meg Wolitzer

    meg wolitzerMeg Wolitzer’s novels include  The Female PersuasionThe InterestingsThe UncouplingThe Ten-Year NapThe 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  McSweeney’s, PloughsharesThe 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

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    Susan Scarf Merrell is the author of Shirley: A Novel, now a major motion picture starring Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg. She is also the author of A Member of the Family, and The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships. She co-directs the Southampton Writers Conference, is program director (along with Meg Wolitzer) of the novel incubator program, BookEnds, and teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton. She served as fiction editor of The Southampton Review. Essays, book reviews and short fiction appear most recently in The New York Times, Newsday, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Common Online, The Washington Post, and East Magazine.

     

     



     

     

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    Jennifer Solheim

    Jennifer Solheim's stories and essays have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Pinch, and Poets & Writers. As a writer and literary scholar, she has taught at University of Michigan, Université de Paris VII, and University of Illinois—Chicago, in addition to creative writing workshops at the Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference and StoryStudio Chicago. A Contributing Editor at Fiction Writers Review , she was a BookEnds Fellow in 2020, and is represented by Stephanie Cabot at Susanna Lea Associates. As Associate Director of BookEnds, her work focuses on community development and outreach, marketing, and social media.

  • Mentors for Fellowship Five

    Meg Wolitzer

    meg wolitzerMeg Wolitzer’s novels include  The Female PersuasionThe InterestingsThe UncouplingThe Ten-Year NapThe 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  McSweeney’s, PloughsharesThe 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.

     



    Karen E. Bender

    karen 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. A new collection, The Words of Dr. L and other stories, is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press. 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, and A Town of Empty Rooms .  Her fiction has appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, The Harvard Review, Guernica and others, and has been reprinted in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, and won three Pushcart prizes. She has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rona Jaffe foundation. She is fiction editor of the literary journal Scoundrel Time. Karen has taught creative writing at universities including Hollins University, the University of Iowa, Warren Wilson College, Chatham University, and Tunghai University, and is currently Core faculty at the MFA program at Alma College.


    Christina Baker Kline

    christina baker kline A #1 New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including The Exiles , Orphan Train , and A Piece of the World , Christina Baker Kline is published in 40 countries. Her novels have received the New England Prize for Fiction, the Maine Literary Award, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Award, among other prizes, and have been chosen by hundreds of communities, universities and schools as “One Book, One Read” selections. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in publications such as The New York Times and the NYT Book Review , The Boston Globe , The San Francisco Chronicle , LitHub , Psychology Today , and Slate .

     




    Matthew Klam

    matthew klamMatthew Klam   is the author of the novel, Who Is Rich? , a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, nominated for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize, and Sam the Cat , winner of the PEN/Robert Bingham Prize for a Debut Short Story Collection, and a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book of the Year, First Fiction. He's a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts. His writing has been featured in such places as The New Yorker , Harper's , GQ , The New York Times , Esquire, The O' Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading , and The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction . He's currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Stony Brook University.

     

    Susan Scarf Merrell

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    Susan Scarf Merrell is the author of Shirley: A Novel, now a major motion picture starring Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg. She is also the author of A Member of the Family, and The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships. She co-directs the Southampton Writers Conference, is program director (along with Meg Wolitzer) of the novel incubator program, BookEnds, and teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton. She served as fiction editor of The Southampton Review. Essays, book reviews and short fiction appear most recently in The New York Times, Newsday, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Common Online, The Washington Post, and East Magazine.

     



     

     

    Scott Cheshire

    scott cheshireScott 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 Salon, and Electric Literature His work has been published in AGNI , Catapult, Electric Literature, Guernica, Harper’s , One Story , and the Picador  Book of Men He is a managing editor at The Scofield  and lives in New York City.

     

     



     

     

     

     

     

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    Robert Lopez

    Robert Lopez is the author of three novels, Part of the World , Kamby Bolongo Mean River —named one of 25 important books of the decade by HTML Giant—and All Back Full , as well as two story collections, Asunder and Good People . A new novel-in-stories, A Better Class Of People , will be published by Dzanc Books in March, 2022. Dispatches from Puerto Nowhere , his first nonfiction book, will be published by Two Dollar Radio in September, 2022. He teaches at Stony Brook University and has taught at Columbia University, Syracuse University, and Pratt Institute.

     




     

     

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    Stephanie Gangi

    Stephanie Gangi is a poet, novelist, short story writer and essayist living and writing in New York City. Her debut novel, The Next , was published by St. Martin’s Press and her second, Carry the Dog , comes from Algonquin in November 2021. Gangi’s work has appeared in, among others, Arts & Letters , Catapult , LitHub , Hippocrates Poetry Anthology , McSweeney’s , New Ohio Review , Next Tribe , and The Woolfer . She’s working on her third novel, The Good Provider . 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    jennifer gilmore

    Jennifer Gilmore

    Jennifer Gilmore is the author of three novels for adults, including The Mothers (Scribner, 2013), which is currently being adapted for film with Gilmore writing the script and Executive Producing, Something Red (Scribner, 2009), a New York Times Notable Book and Golden Country (Scribner, 2006), also a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Jewish Book Award. (Scribner, 2006).  She is also the author of two young adult novels, We Were Never Here (Harper, 2016) and most recently, If Only (Harper, July 2018) Her work critical and creative non-fiction work has appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies including The Atlantic, Bomb, BookForum, the Huffington Post, the Forward, the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Salon, Tin House, Vogue and the Washington Post. She has been a MacDowell Colony fellow and has taught creative writing and literature at Barnard College, Cornell University, Fordham University, Harvard University, The New School, New York University, Princeton University, and Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Lafayette College.

     

     

     

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    Fiona Maazel

    Fiona Maazel is author of the novels A 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 criminal justice nonprofit, Measures for Justice. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Lincoln Michel

    Lincoln Michel is the author of the novel The Body Scout (Orbit, 2021) and the story collection Upright Beasts (Coffee House Press, 2015). His fiction appears in The Paris Review, Granta, F&SFNOON, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. His essays and criticism have been published by The New York Times, GQ, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian. He is the former editor-in-chief of the website Electric Literature and is the co-editor of the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated anthologies Tiny Crimes (Catapult, 2018) and Tiny Nightmares (Catapult, 2020). You can find him online at lincolnmichel.com and @thelincoln.

     

     



     

     

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    Rachel Pastan

    Rachel Pastan is the author of four novels, most recently In the Field (2021), based on the life of Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Barbara McClintock. Her 2014 novel,  Alena —a recasting of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca set in the contemporary art world—was named an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times Book Review . In 2014, she edited Seven Writers , a chapbook of writing inspired by exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, where she served as Editor-at-Large for several years and developed the popular blog Miranda. Pastan was a long-time core faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminars MFA program and has taught fiction writing at Swarthmore College, Villanova University, and elsewhere.

     

  • Past Mentors

    Paul Harding

    paul hardingPaul Harding is the author of two novels, Enon and 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.

     



     

  • Agents

    Sarah Bedingfield   

    sarah bedingfieldSarah 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.

    Suzanne Gluck

    gluck Suzanne Gluck  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 Directors.

    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 of  The Female Persuasion and  The Wife; and generation-defining children’s author Judy Blume.

    Sarah Bowlin

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    Sarah Bowlin joined Aevitas Creative Management as an agent in 2017. Before becoming an agent, she spent a decade as an editor of literary fiction and nonfiction, first at Riverhead Books and most recently at Henry Holt & Company.   

    She is interested in work that simultaneously captivates and challenges and in her time as an editor she worked with many acclaimed and award-winning writers including Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Sheila Heti, Salvatore Scibona, Helen Phillips, Rachel Khong, and Julie Buntin. As an agent, she works with emerging and established voices including the Giller Prize-winning Souvankham Thammavongsa, PEN Bingham Award-winning novelist Vanessa Veselka, and acclaimed voices in fiction and nonfiction including Aysegul Savas, Lynn Steger Strong, Gene Kwak, Ashley Nelson Levy, Jasmin Hakes, R.K. Russell, Sabrina Orah Mark, Elisa Albert, Ismail Muhammad, Janika Oza, and Kevin Nguyen, among others. She is interested in bold voices and work that bends genre or forms—specifically stories of strong or difficult women and unexpected narratives of place, identity, and the shifting ways we see ourselves and each other. Originally from the South, she now lives in Los Angeles.

    Stephanie Cabot

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    Stephanie Cabot is half French, half American and grew up in London, Paris and New England. She attended Harvard, where she studied History, and first worked in New York and London with JP Morgan. Her career as an agent began at WME in London, where she spent nine years and ran the office for the last five, before relocating to the US and to The Gernert Company in NYC, where she  worked for fifteen years. Stephanie joined Susanna Lea Associates in the Spring of 2020.

    Stephanie’s interests are a reflection of her own reading tastes which have always been wide and far ranging. She represents authors from all over the world and is drawn to the international narratives whether told in story, memoir or essays as well as literary fiction reflecting diverse, global voices, speculative fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, crime and thrillers.

    Stephanie has spent the past ten years involved with a small internationally focused social justice NGO, World Connect, whose mission is to empower grassroots leaders to initiate change in their communities.