2019 Agents + Editors – ARCHIVES

2019 Agents

Seth Fishman

The Gernert Co.

Seth Fishman joined The Gernert Company in 2010 after beginning his career as an agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. Born in Midland, Texas, he graduated from Princeton University and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. His interests are wide-ranging, but in particular he’s looking for the new voice, the original idea, the entirely breathtaking creative angle in both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son, and is the author of two books of YA fiction and several picture books including “A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars” and “Power Up.”

Allison Hunter

Janklow & Nesbit

Allison Hunter began her publishing career in 2005 working for the Los Angeles-based literary publicity firm Kim-from-L.A, and was an agent at InkWell Management and the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency before joining Janklow & Nesbit. Her clients include Rosie Walsh, author of the New York Times best-selling novel “Ghosted,” as well as memoirists, journalists and various experts in their field. She is actively acquiring literary and commercial fiction, especially women’s fiction, as well as memoir, narrative non-fiction, cultural studies and pop culture. She is always looking for funny female writers, great love stories, campus novels, family epics, smart beach reads and for non-fiction projects that speak to the current cultural climate. She has B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she lives in Brooklyn.

Sarah Levitt

Aevitas Creative Management

Sarah Levitt represents critically acclaimed fiction and nonfiction writers. Her list includes journalists, academics, historians, scientists and musicians, among others. Prior to joining Aevitas, she was as an agent at The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency, where she also handled contracts and foreign rights. She is most interested in narrative nonfiction in the areas of popular science, big ideas, history, humor, pop culture, memoir and reportage, in addition to voice-driven literary fiction with a bold plot and fresh, imaginative characters. She’s excited by strong female and underrepresented voices, the strange and speculative, and projects that ignite cultural conversation.

Michelle Tessler

Tessler Literary Agency

Michelle Tessler  established her New York-based literary agency in 2004. She represents a select number of best-selling and emerging authors in both fiction and non-fiction. Clients include accomplished journalists, scientists, academics, experts in their field, as well as novelists and debut authors with unique voices and stories to tell. She values fresh, original writing that has a compelling point of view. She loves discovering new writers who can craft a character-driven story that has narrative drive. She represents, among many others, Hala Alyan, Paul Collins, Frans de Waal, Mira Jacob, Amy Stewart and Amanda Eyre Ward.


Jennifer Barth


A graduate of Yale University, Jennifer Barth has worked in publishing for over 30 years, the last 12 of which have been spent at Harper, where she is currently a senior vice president and executive editor. She edits both fiction and non-fiction and her list is eclectic; her authors include Alafair Burke, Michael Chabon, Tessa Hadley, Uzodinma Iweala, Mary Karr, Jane Leavy, Margot Livesey, Armistead Maupin, Michelle McNamara, Caitlin Moran, Peggy Orenstein, Helen Schulman, David Talbot and Jacqueline Winspear. The mother of two, Jennifer lives with her husband in Manhattan and serves on the advisory board of the Bronx Letters Foundation.

Pilar Garcia-Brown

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pilar Garcia-Brown is an associate editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, concentrating on fiction from the U.S. and abroad, as well as narrative non-fiction, essays in particular. She’s interested in fiction that is voice-driven and socially charged, with a focus on female stories, LGBTQ stories and diverse representation. Her non-fiction interests include pop culture, feminism and anthropology. Recent authors include Carina Chocano, Ariel Schrag, Young-ha Kim and Yara Rodrigues Fowler. She graduated from Brown University and lives in Brooklyn.

Amy Hundley

Grove Atlantic

Amy Hundley is senior editor and subsidiary rights director at Grove Atlantic. As a fiction editor, she has worked with authors such as Jim Harrison, Roxane Gay, Anne Enright, Val McDermid, Barry Hannah, Malcolm Brooks, Porochista Khakpour, Chris Offutt, G. Willow Wilson, and Aminatta Forna. Her nonfiction list includes “Sharp” by Michelle Dean, “Nine Continents” by Xiaolu Guo, several books on popular music, and a forthcoming history of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s unofficial African-American “cabinet.” As director of subsidiary rights, she is responsible for selling foreign and domestic rights in Grove Atlantic titles, and attends the Frankfurt and London Book Fairs. She has participated in international publishing fellowships sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture and French-American Foundation; the Frankfurt Book Fair; the Polish Book Institute; the Jerusalem Book Fair; the Turin International Book Fair; and the Finnish Literature Institute.