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It's just before sunset

a rust band glows
between the sunken horizon
and the dimming blue.

I'm sitting in the shadow
of the granite mountain
with cold waters
silhouettes of trees.

It's almost over now — darkness
is coming.

I am dissolving
     with one last
complicated movement
into sermons
of water and stone.

-ikk

About the Literary Agents — literary agent profiles and interests

Literary agent - Emily Sylvan Kim literary agent

Emily Sylvan Kim, literary agent

Emily Sylvan Kim is the president of Prospect Agency. She founded the agency in 2005 with the goal of offering clients top notch representation, creating a community-centered haven for authors and illustrators, and taking a leadership role in creating bold, innovate literature.

Emily has always been an aggressive, enormous and addictive reader. Her well-read childhood in Denver, Colorado was followed by an English major at Carleton College where she once took and enjoyed a class titled "Dickens and Scott, the longer novels." After spending a year at law school, the lure of fiction was just too strong. She moved to New York City and found a job at Writers House Literary Agency. After five wonderful years, she opened the door to her own agency. Emily's publishing experience also extends to a period writing reviews at Publisher's Weekly as well writing her own fiction and poems. She has truly been on all sides of the divide!

A partial list of recent sales information can be found at Publisher's Marketplace.

When she finally takes a break from reading, Emily can be found enjoying nature, cooking, and spending time with her family. She also frequents numerous conferences throughout the year including SCBWI and RWA. Learn more about future appearances under Resources.

Emily is a member in good standing at the AAR.

What she recently picked up at her local bookstore:

  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • The Privileges by Jonathan Dee
  • Schooled by Anisha Lakhani
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Emily is currently taking on new clients. (Do not submit unsolicited manuscripts or inquire about the status of submissions via email. Please read the submissions page.)


Rachel Orr, literary agent

Literary agent - Rachel Orr

Rachel Orr joined Prospect Agency in 2007, after eight rewarding years editing children's books for HarperCollins. She enjoys the challenge of tackling a wide variety of projects and is particularly looking for middle-grade and YA novels right now, as well as the next big picture-book illustrator. Rachel values her close relationships with authors and believes that nothing feels as good as a fresh, clean line edit.

Rachel grew up reading Lois Lowry, Shel Silverstein, and Richard Peck in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Kenyon College, where she worked for the Kenyon Review, and had a terrific study-abroad experience at England's University of Exeter. (For all you Harry Potter fans, this happens to be the same university that J.K. Rowling attended.)

Besides reading, Rachel enjoys dancing, running, and attempting to master the Cantonese language. She also loves writing personal essays for adults and biographies for kids. Her most recent obsession is with Abigail Adams, who—with her ambition, business savvy, and love of literature—would have made a remarkable literary agent herself. Rachel current resides in Hoboken, just outside Manhattan, with her husband, Godfrey, and son, Oliver.

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Rachel is currently taking on new clients. (Do not submit unsolicited manuscripts or inquire about the status of submissions via email. Please read the submissions page.)


Becca Stumpf, literary agent

Literary agent - Becca Stumpf

Becca Stumpf joined Prospect Agency in 2006 after working as an assistant at Writers House Literary Agency. After graduating from Grinnell College with a B.A. in English Literature, Becca lived and worked in England to indulge her yen for cobbled streets, neighborhood pubs, and barbed wit. She came to New York armed with naïveté and a love of books, and couldn't believe her luck when she found a field that allowed her to work closely with authors and their manuscripts. As a reader, Becca falls hard for sentences that are beautifully crafted, for humor in unexpected places, and for characters and worlds that spark off the page. She rereads the first chapter of A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle every year because it still knocks her socks off with its simple evocation of a family awoken by a storm in the nighttime.

Becca is currently acquiring Adult, Young Adult and Middle-Grade literary and commercial fiction, with a special interest in genre fiction with broad appeal (Fantasy/SciFi is not just for nerds anymore, so let's bring it to the masses!). She loves intricate plots that balance drama, wit, and intrigue in equal parts, as well as stories that explore the lives of anti-heroes and fringe-dwellers, or the unexpected complexities of the "normal" day-to-day — be that surviving the spells of an unhinged wizard or an awkward romance.

In the YA and Middle-Grade realm, Becca is especially looking for spine-tingling mysteries (historical or contemporary), YA thrillers, and beautifully written fantasy and science fiction. She's also looking for contemporary YA and MG stories that go beyond "boy-meets-girl" and explore a broader view of life and relationships.

In adult fiction, Becca is looking for literary mysteries that chill and charm, fast-paced literary thrillers, character-driven SciFi and Fantasy novels that defy genre stereotypes, and smart, spicy romance novels (contemporary, historical, SciFi/UF/Steampunk).

Recent reads:

  • Feed by MT Anderson
  • Wonder by RJ Palacio
  • Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • In the Woods by Tana French
  • Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
  • Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
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Becca is currently taking on new clients. (Do not submit unsolicited manuscripts or inquire about the status of submissions via email. Please read the submissions page.)


Teresa Kietlinski, literary agent

Literary agent - Teresa Kietlinski

Teresa Kietlinski joined Prospect Agency in 2009 after thirteen happy years of working in the publishing industry at Disney-Hyperion, Dial Books for Young Readers, Viking Children's Books, William Morrow and Company, and St. Martin's Press. Teresa has designed and art directed hundreds of children's books of all sizes and shapes, and has worked with amazing talents. Now, she is now very excited to be on the other side of the fence, developing picture books with young authors and illustrators.

Teresa writes poetry, has a fondness for cupcakes, and especially loves long boat rides on the lake with her husband and daughter. She reads five picture books a day—with no exceptions—and knows there is no greater joy then reading with her family. She is inspired by all that is wonderful, wacky and witty around her. To see some recent books that Teresa designed or art directed, click here.

Teresa has a particular fondness for silly picture books that make her laugh out loud. As an agent, she is open to submissions from picture book artists ONLY and is particularly interested in artists with story ideas. Send illustration queries to:

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Follow Teresa's blog and twitter: @teresakie.

Happy creating!

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(Do not submit unsolicited manuscripts or inquire about the status of submissions via email. Teresa is ONLY interested in picture books at the moment. All other genres will be automatically declined. Please read the submissions page.)


Carrie Pestritto, literary agent

Literary agent - Carrie Pestritto

Carrie Pestritto joined Prospect Agency in 2011 after working as an assistant at Writers House. With a B.A. in English from Amherst College, she has experienced all sides of the publishing industry, having worked as a ghostwriter, freelance writer, and as an intern in the editorial acquisitions department of the Greenwood Publishing Group. As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients to develop their ideas and manuscripts.

For Carrie, extraordinary fiction and non-fiction share the ability to transport readers to new and exciting places. As a history and mythology buff, she is intrigued by books that introduce her to another culture or time period. She is looking for description and detail that will make her feel like she is inside the story and interest her in a subject she never thought she would want to read about—or, conversely, introduce her to startling facts about something or someone she believed she already knew everything about.

Some books that Carrie wishes she represented:

  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • Hello, I Love You by Katie Stout
  • Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart’s Green Revolution by Ed Humes
  • What Alice Did Next: The Secret History of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
  • Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
  • Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
  • The Queen's Fool by Philipa Gregory
  • Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce
  • Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  • Memoirs of an Imaginary Frie by Matthew Dicks

Carrie is currently seeking narrative non-fiction, general non-fiction, biography, and memoir. She is looking for authors that have a strong platform, such as a popular blog, published articles, or related professional experience. Topics such as New England architecture, the history of colonialism in literature, or an examination of fairy tales throughout different time periods and countries would excite her. She also seeks mainstream prescriptive non-fiction, for example she would love to see a book about the benefits of locavore eating, or a completely cutting edge relationship book.

In the fiction arena, she is looking for commercial fiction with a literary twist, historical fiction, "new adult," YA, and middle grade. She would love to see a Shakespeare re-telling/re-imagining for a young adult audience or a fictionalized account of Elizabeth Bathory's life.

She is not currently interested in romance, science fiction/fantasy, or picture books. (Do not submit unsolicited manuscripts or inquire about the status of submissions via email. Please read the submissions page.)

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Literary Agency Interns

Literary agency - Massiel Valenzuela, intern

Massiel Valenzuela (2013) - Massiel Valenzuela is an English major at San Jose State University. While she is working toward a technical writing concentration, her true passions lie in novel and screenwriting. Her favorite genres include fantasy, history, paranormal romances, dystopian, self-improvement, mythology, survival adventures, religion, wizards—and everything she wishes were real in this world. Massiel enjoys music, biking, long walks outdoors and DIY projects. She is thrilled to be working as an intern for Prospect Agency.

Literary agency - Jenna Mulvey, intern

Jenna Mulvey (2013) - Jenna Mulvey is a recent graduate of Roger Williams University. She earned her BA in Media Communications, and a minor in Creative Writing. Jenna is hoping to work in journalism or publishing. She has enjoyed reading and writing her whole life and hopes to write books of her own some day. Some of her favorite children's books include Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, If You Give A Moose a Muffin, and the whole Madeline series.

Literary agency - Lily Ferris, intern

Lily Ferris (2011) - Lily is a junior at Carleton College pursuing a bachelor's degree in English and a Certificate of Advanced Study in French. Outside of class, Lily participates in several activism organizations on campus, contributes to campus publications, and sings in one of Carleton's choirs. She also works as a writing tutor and as an office assistant for the English Department. Lily loves children's scifi such as Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time series as well as early 20th century American literature, especially East of Eden. When she's not busy with school, Lily likes to visit her family in Montana or attempt to catch up on all episodes of Mad Men that she's missed.

Literary agency - Hana Maruyama, intern

Hana Maruyama (2011) - Hana is a rising senior at Carleton College. After having spent much of her childhood reading, she decided to become an English major. When she's not working or reading, she enjoys traveling, playing soccer, playing the violin or watching absurdly bad television.

Literary agency - Amy Fitzgerald, intern

Amy Fitzgerald (2011) - Amy is a (rising) senior at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she is majoring in English and minoring in nerdiness. When she's not scribbling stories on soon-to-be-misplaced scraps of paper, she's usually doing work for one of her favorite student organizations or pretending to be computer-literate while manning the tech support desk at the college library. The best part of her campus job is being surrounded by books. Though she has many favorites—especially in the historical fiction and fantasy departments—her copy of Jane Eyre is so well-loved that it now opens automatically to her favorite passage, branding her a hopeless romantic as well as a bookworm.

Literary agency - Amy Sun, intern

Amy Sun (2010) - Amy is a junior at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. A southern California native, Amy immerses herself in a wide range of activities to keep herself distracted from the bone-chilling Minnesota winters. Along with pursuing a bachelor's degree in English, Amy also edits student publications, practices fake justice on the Mock Trial team, and is involved in student government and various student organizations. When it's cold and snowy outside, Amy likes to curl up by the very small radiator in her room and read her favorite novels, which include Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief, lê thi diem thúy's The Gangster We Are All Looking For, and Yann Martel's Life of Pi.

Literary agency - Emily Tarr, intern

Emily Tarr (2010) - Emily is a rising senior at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where she is pursuing a degree in English. In addition to studying, Emily is involved in student government, several student publications, works in the college Admissions office, and sings with a student a cappella group. A voracious reader, Emily enjoys everything from historical fiction to fantasy, but she has a special love for nineteenth century British literature, especially Austen and Brontë, and her guilty pleasure is chick lit of all sorts.

Literary agency - Molly Rideout, intern

Molly Rideout (2009) - Molly Rideout attends Grinnell College where she writes prolifically, swing dances prolifically, and goes to classes somewhere in between. She edits a number of Grinnell publications and teaches dance two nights a week. Her main interest lies in snappy children's/young adult fantasy. She particularly loves Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl (before the time traveling started), Patrick Ness's The Knife of Never Letting Go and Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant. Her higher literary tastes extend to Nabokov's Lolita and Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.

Literary agency - Erika Schnatz, intern

Erika Schnatz (2009) - Erika is a senior at Montclair State University pursuing her BFA in animation and illustration, with hopes of writing and illustrating her own children's books after graduation. An avid reader and music enthusiast, Erika has a weekly show on Montclair State's underground radio station WMSC and puts on rock concerts for her campus community. In her spare time she enjoys reading, drawing silly cartoon animals, going to concerts, and frequenting the art museums of nearby New York City. Arnold Lobel, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, William Joyce, and Roald Dahl are among her favorite children's book writers and illustrators.

Literary agency - Rebecca Theodorou, intern

Rebecca Theodorou (2009) - Rebecca grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, but left them behind to attend Kenyon College in rural Ohio. A sophomore, she is an English major with an intended emphasis in creative writing, and a desire to go into publishing after college. Rebecca also serves on the Kenyon Review staff as a student associate. When not locked in her room reading or writing, she is playing trumpet, fencing, or learning a dead language. Her favorite books include The World According to Garp, Catch 22, Gate of Darkness Circle of Light, and The Canterbury Tales.

Literary agency - Susa
n Kovar

Susan Kovar (2009) - Susan attends Brown University and studies Classics. She enjoys writing, working for the Brown Alumni Magazine, and serving on the editorial board of the Brown Classics Journal as well as the public relations officer for her class board. She also loves cooking and being outside, especially when it includes tennis, sailing, skiing, or fly fishing. The top of her very long list of favorite books includes Little Women and Anna Karenina. Right now, she is reading On Beauty and The Rhino With Glue on Shoes.

Literary agency - Darryl Campbell, intern

Darryl Campbell (2009) - Darryl is a graduate student in History at the University of Notre Dame and an alumnus of Harvard University. Other than studying, teaching, and grading, he writes for The Bygone Bureau and the Notre Dame Observer, plays the trumpet, and still finds time to read on the side. His literary favorites include the short stories of J.D. Salinger, the essays of George Orwell, Philip Pullman, and, most recently, Richard Russo.

Literary agency - Stephen Wesley, intern

Stephen Wesley (2009) - Stephen is a Politics, Philosophy and Economics major at The King's College in Manhattan. He enjoys writing for the school paper and Patrol Magazine, an independent magazine based in New York, and he is Art Director for The Gadfly, a monthly journal associated with The King's College. When Stephen is not reading, writing, or attending classes, he can be found promoting HMO-free and humane farming practices as a Mennonite farm produce delivery person. A story on Stephen's life, as told from the perspective of his relationship with the indie rock band The Mountain Goats, was featured in a New York Magazine article in March, 2009. Stephen's favorite authors of all time are Joan Didion and Ray Bradbury, though he frequently enjoys reading Russian literature.

Literary agency - Stephen Mack

Stephen Mack (2009) - Stephen Mack is an art history major at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Originally from Long Island, he graduated from high school a semester early and spent several months working at the Poets House and the Poetry Society of America in New York City. This summer, Stephen will work at Camp Killooleet in Hancock, Vermont, where he has spent the past three summers. Stephen is an avid reader whose favorite authors include Alice McDermott, Frank Bidart, and Bill Peet. He's also a fan of the "Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile" series by Bernard Waber.

Literary agency - Madeline Meth, intern

Madeline Meth (2009) - Madeline is a student at Brown University and is pursuing a double major in English and Political Science. She is a life long reader and believes strongly in the power of stories and books. When she had her tonsils out at the age of two, her Madeline doll also wore a hospital bracelet. Madeline enjoys reading, writing, traveling and watching baseball. Some of her favorite books include Emma, The Namesake, I Know this Much is True and The Accidental Tourist. She also loves the Harry Potter series. Right now, she is reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog and The Yankee Years.

Literary agency - Rachel Carroll, intern

Rachel Carroll (2008) - Rachel Carroll attends Carleton College, where she studies English. She enjoys her tutees at the Carleton Writing Center (The Write Place), Aikido training, and creating new theater with the Experimental Theater Board and Barbra Berlovitz of the Theatre.de la.Jeune Lune. When not on stage, she can be seen fabricating her own drama and eating really good bread. Last summer, she volunteered as an English teacher in a rural Indian school, and is currently selling notebooks designed by the students to raise money for teacher salaries. As a Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor, her literary favorites include Much Ado About Nothing, The Canterbury Tales, and other creations by dead, white, British men. However, Middlemarch, Emma, Matilda, and anything by Arundhati Roy also have special places on her bookshelf. Rachel has a weakness for believably quirky characters and witty narrators of all shapes and sizes.

Literary agency - Lucia Pizzo, intern

Lucia Pizzo (2007-2008) - Lucia Pizzo attends Kenyon College where she majors in English. She can frequently be found in local coffee houses immersed either in a book or in the fascinating snippets of conversations from her fellow coffee drinkers (only occasionally eliciting suspicion among the patrons). Lucia will soon continue her studies and "human research" at the University of Exeter in southern England. Right now, she is reading Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, though not as a mere guise, and hopes to plant her own tree in that borough some day. Living on the banks of Lake Erie, Lucia finds herself looking at her thumb's width of Cleveland's skyline and imagining it as New York. Recently, she has read Anne Carson's If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, continued with Thursday Next in her literary adventures as recorded by Jasper Fforde, and returned predictably to her love of Carl Phillips in all forms.

Literary agency - Jacqueline Kharouf, intern

Jacqueline Kharouf (2007) - Jacqueline Kharouf is a writing major at Regis University. She is co-editor of the Opinions section of her campus newspaper, Highlander, and a writing consultant for the Regis College Writing Center. Jacqueline enjoys reading stories where realities can bend, where characters have something to learn. Her favorite authors include Don DeLillo, Chuck Palahniuk, Khaled Hosseini, Ward Just, Nicole Krauss, Gene Wilder, and her ultimate, Ernest Hemingway. As an intern at Prospect Agency, Jacqueline is excited to begin her journey into the literary world and eager to read the works of both new and experienced writers. Originally from Rapid City, SD, Jacqueline plans to attend graduate school in New York City. She plays the violin, draws, writes (constantly), and enjoys printmaking.

Literary agency - Greg Hunter, intern

Greg Hunter (2007) - Greg Hunter attends Carleton College where he majors in American Studies. When not in class, he can be seen laying out The Carl, Carleton's arts and culture magazine, or heard on KRLX,the student radio station where he serves as Program Director. Other pursuits include amateur punk rock cover bands and cautious forays into sketch comedy. Greg is currently navigating Don DeLillo's Underworld, and counts Joseph Heller's Catch-22 and Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire among his all-time favorites.

Literary agency - Anne Czernek, intern

Anne Czernek (2007) - Anne Czernek is an English major at Carleton College, where she also edits the literary section of the campus newspaper, The Carl. Anne likes most kinds of fiction, from short stories to postmodern beasts to Regency romances. The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn is next on her reading list and with a planned senior thesis exploring the "narrative representations of the zeitgeist in seduction and romance novels," Anne joyfully anticipates much more romance reading in her future. Originally from Mukilteo, WA, Anne enjoys skiing, cooking, and observing other people's internet identities.

Literary agency - Alan Smith, intern

Alan Smith (2005-2006) - Alan Smith was born and raised in Nelson County, rural central Virginia, never far out of reach of a book. More recently, he graduated from Swarthmore College with a double major in English and History and set off to the big city to seek his fortunes. As a life long reader and writer, he hopes to contribute to the process of creativity while basking in the stream of cool new writers and enjoying that jolt of electricity that comes with a great undiscovered idea. He just finished reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and, when he isn't looking through submissions or trying his hand at radio and journalism, he enjoys Ultimate Frisbee.

Literary agency - Gabrielle Moss, intern

Gabrielle Moss (2006) - Gabrielle Moss is a graduate of Hampshire College, a native of New England, and a freelance writer. When not evaluating manuscripts for Prospect Agency, she can be found drinking a strong cup of green tea, getting a high score at Simpsons pinball, or listening to Depeche Mode. Recent book purchases include: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, The Shroud of the Thwacker by Chris Elliott, and Serious Girls by Maxine Swann.


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