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One Novel.

One Mentor.

One Life-Changing Year.

Meet Our Team: 2019-2020

  • 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

    susan scarf merrellSusan 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 Newsday, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Common Online and The Washington Post.

  • Mentors

    Amy Hempel

      amy hempelAmy Hempel is the author of five story collections, including  Sing to ItReasons 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

    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.

    Karen E. Bender

    karen benderKaren 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, and A Town of Empty Rooms.  

    Christina Baker Kline

    christina baker klineA #1 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  Christina’s World . An instant  New York Times  bestseller,  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 GirlThe Way Life Should Be,   Sweet Water,   Bird in Hand,  and   Desire Lines.   Her new novel, about Australia’s complicated convict history, will be published in 2020.

    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

    matthew klamMatthew Klam was named one of the twenty best fiction writers in America under 40 by 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, Esquire Magazine, 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 featured in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, 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

    fiona maazelFiona 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 legal nonprofit, Measures for Justice. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

    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.

  • 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.

    Eleanor Jackson                          

    eleanor jacksonEleanor 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, ( Persons Unknown ,) Hallie Rubenhold, ( The Five ) and Tanaz Bhathena ( Hunted by the Sky.)

    She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

    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.