2016 Agents + Editors – ARCHIVES

2016 Literary Agents

Sarah Burnes

The Gernert Company

Sarah began her career on the editorial side of publishing, first at Houghton Mifflin, then in the Knopf Group, and last at Little, Brown. She became an agent in 2001, joining The Gernert Company in 2005. As an editor, she acquired and edited literary fiction and non-fiction, and as an agent has added children’s fiction to her list. Sarah sits on the board of non-profit progressive publisher the New Press and her writing has appeared on The Paris Review’ s blog. She lives with her husband and three children in Brooklyn.

Peter Steinberg

Foundry Literary + Media

Peter Steinberg has represented numerous New York Times bestsellers (including two #1 New York Times bestsellers) and clients have been nominated for or awarded Edgars, The Pulitzer Prize, The Story Prize, The Paris Review Discovery Prize, PEN/Faulkner and National Book Awards. His list includes narrative non-fiction, commercial and literary fiction, memoir, health, history, lifestyle, humor, sports and young adult. Several of his authors have had their books made into major motion pictures, including Towelhead and I Love You Phillip Morris.

Peter began his agenting career as an assistant at Donadio & Ashworth in 1996, where he was fortunate enough to assist many great writers including Mario Puzo, Peter Matthiessen, Edward Gorey, Cathleen Schine, Robert Stone and Chuck Palahniuk. He has sold books for a couple agencies since and then ran a namesake shop for several years before joining Foundry.

Peter is a graduate of NYU film school and worked briefly in the film business and was a screenwriter prior to becoming a literary agent.

Susan Golomb

Writers House Literary Agency

Susan Golomb founded her own literary agency in 1990 and since then has represented numerous award-winning and bestselling books including Jonathan Franzen’s  Purity, Freedom, and The Corrections, which won the National Book Award, was a #1 New York Times Bestseller  and has been translated into over 40 languages; William T. Vollmann’s National Book Award-winning novel Europe Central; National Book Award finalist Telex From Cuba and The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner; New York Times Bestsellers Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio, Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl, The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, and The Great Depression Ahead and The Roaring 2000’s by Harry S. Dent, Jr. Other national bestsellers include Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold; High Exposure by David Breashears; and USA Today Best Debut Novel of 2006 The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen. As of March 2015, Susan Golomb officially joined Writers House Literary Agency. Susan graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Pennsylvania.

Anna Stein


Anna Stein joined ICMat the end of 2015 after opening and running the New York office for the London-based Aitken Alexander Associates for six years. Her clients include Maria Semple, Ben Lerner, and Hanya Yanagihara.


Ira Silverberg

Simon & Schuster

Ira Silverberg joined Simon & Schuster in October, 2015 and will be acquiring literary fiction and non-fiction. Among the clients he represented when he was an agent were National Book Award fiction finalists Adam Haslett, Christopher Sorrentino, Rene Steinke; bestselling non-fiction writers Ishmael Beah and Neil Strauss; and design and lifestyle gurus Kate Spade, Andy Spade, Katie Brown, and Amanda Brooks. Other clients on his list included Dennis Cooper, David Bezmozgis, Shelley Jackson, Gabe Hudson, Arnon Grunberg, and Wayne Koestenbaum. As an editor at both Grove Press and Serpent’s Tail, he reissued work from Nobel Prize winners Elfriede Jelinek, Herta Muller, and Kenzaburo Oe; had the pleasure of bringing Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls back to print; and published work by Kathy Acker, Sapphire, Andy Warhol, Samantha Gilligson, Gary Indiana, William S. Burroughs, Lynne Tillman, Herve Guibert, and Lydia Davis among others. Silverberg is the former Director of Literature of the National Endowment for the Arts and currently Adjunct Faculty at The School of the Arts MFA Writing Program at Columbia University. He was the recipient of the Publishing Triangle Leadership Award in 2013.

Katie Raissian

Grove Atlantic

Katie Raissian is an associate editor at Grove Atlantic, where she edits literary fiction. Her authors include Colin Barrett, who was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 and winner of the Guardian First Book Award and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story award; Anna Noyes, author of the collection Goodnight, Beautiful Women (June 2016); and Bethany Ball (2017). Katie is the publisher and editor in chief of Stonecutter Journal, an annual magazine of art and literature which focuses on publishing international writers and artists alongside US-based ones. Stonecutter has featured work by John Ashbery, Cathy Linh Che, Mark O’Connell, Renee Gladman, Dunya Mikhail, Newsha Tavakolian, Sara Baume, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Cia Rinne, and Courtney Maum, to name but a few. Now residing in Brooklyn, Katie is originally from Cork, Ireland.

Hilary Redmon

Random House

Hilary Redmon began her career at Penguin Books and soon moved to Viking where she edited Norman Doidge’s bestselling The Brain that Changes Itself, Susan Shreve’s A Student of Living Things, Allen Shawn’s Wish I Could Be There, and Stephanie Coontz’s Marriage, A History. Moving to Free Press as a Senior Editor, she brought on NYT bestsellers Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan (a New York Times bestseller for three years); The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins; and The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris. She published the award-winning Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle (SCIBA Winner, LA Times Bestseller for 28 weeks, and one of PW’s top 100 books of 2010) Yellow Dirt by Judy Pasternak (winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award and one of PW’s top 100 books of 2010); The Fourth Part of the World by Toby Lester (Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, Named 2009 Best Book of the Year by The News Tribune (Seattle,) Washington PostKansas City StarExpress Night OutThe Telegraph, and Nature; Named “One of the 20 Most Notable History Books of 2009” by American Heritage). At Ecco, she brought on Ashlee Vance’s Elon Musk (a New York Times bestseller for 14 weeks, national bestseller); Richard Dawkins’ Appetite for Wonder (New York Times bestseller) Peter Stark’s Astoria (New York Times bestseller, National bestseller, Finalist for 2015 PEN Center USA Literary Awards) and authors Tig Notaro, Melissa Fay Greene, Brian Hare, Ed Yong, Christine Lee, and Elaine Pagels. She recently joined Random House as an Executive Editor where she considers fiction and nonfiction.