Michelle Brower began her career in publishing in 2004 while studying for her Master's degree in English Literature at New York University, and has been hooked ever since. During that time, she assisted the agents Wendy Sherman and Joelle Delbourgo, and found herself in love with the process of discovering new writers and helping existing writers further their careers. After graduating, she became an agent with Wendy Sherman Associates, and there began representing books in many different areas of fiction and non-fiction. In 2009, she joined Folio Literary Management, where she is looking for literary fiction, thrillers, high-quality commercial fiction that transcends genre, and narrative non-fiction. She enjoys digging into a manuscript and working with authors to make their project as saleable as it can be, and her list includes the authors S.G. Browne, Rebecca Rasmussen, Dana Gynther, and Tara Conklin among many others.
Barbara Jones is an executive editor at Henry Holt & Company, where she edits fiction, memoir and narrative nonfiction. She is eager to work with novelists, memoirists and narrative nonfiction writers who have a passion for their projects. She has no affinity for or skill with thrillers and sci fi. Her authors include Paul Auster, Sebastian Faulks, and debut memoirists and novelists Christa Parravani, Thea Goodman, Adelle Waldman and others. She was previously editorial director of Hyperion Books and Voice Books, where she edited Lauren Groff, Deborah Copaken Kogan, Chitra Divakaruni, Isabel Gillies, Kelly Corrigan and many others. During her tenure at Hyperion and Voice as many as seven of the books in her care were on the New York Times bestseller lists at one time. Before joining Hyperion in early 2008, Barbara spent nearly 20 years as an editor at magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Magazine, More and Grand Street, editing authors such as Jennifer Egan, Lorrie Moore, Ann Patchett, Louise Erdrich, Francine Prose, Liz Gilbert, Ann Hood, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Kate Braestrup, Amy Wilentz and many others. She has taught at Yale College, New York University, and elsewhere.
Fred Leebron directs the MFA in Creative Writing program at Queens. He also is a professor of English at Gettysburg College, and a former director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His novels include "Six Figures," "In the Middle of All This" and "Out West." He has received a Pushcart Prize, a Michener Award, a Stegner Fellowship, and an O. Henry Award. He is co-editor of "Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology" and co-author of "Creating Fiction: A Writer's Companion."
Megan Lynch is an Editor at Ecco. While at Riverhead Books she edited books by authors including Ellis Avery, Jennifer Belle, Cristina Henriquez, Dinaw Mengestu, Wendy McClure, and Dana Vachon. Prior to her arrival at Riverhead, Megan worked in the editorial departments at Little, Brown and Company and Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. She is a graduate of Brown University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Jon Pineda is on the faculty of the MFA program here at Queens. He is the author of three poetry collections: Little Anodynes, selected by Nikky Finney for the Palmetto Poetry Series, The Translator's Diary, winner of the Green Rose Prize, and Birthmark, selected by Ralph Burns as winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition. He is also the author of the novel Apology, winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, the memoir Sleep in Me, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Library Journal "Best Books of 2010" selection. He lives in Virginia.
Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House and a consulting editor for Bloomsbury Books. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Real Simple, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Worth, among other magazines, newspapers, essay collections, and online journals.
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 career as a filmmaker and screenwriter with a B.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts' film school.