Editors and Publishers

Anna Lena Phillips BellAnna Lena Phillips Bell (Ecotone and Lookout Books)

Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry; A Pocket Book of Forms; and the chapbook Smaller Songs. Formerly senior editor at American Scientist, she teaches in the creative writing department at UNC Wilmington, where she is the editor of Ecotone, the literary magazine that seeks to reimagine place, and Lookout Books. During her eight years as editor, work from Ecotone has been reprinted in anthologies including Best American PoetryBest American Science and Nature WritingBest American Nonrequired Reading, and the Pushcart Prize anthology; has received Best Original Fiction in the Stack Magazine Awards; and has been a finalist for the ASME Award for Fiction and CLMP’s Firecracker Awards. The recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, Bell lives with her family near the Cape Fear River, and calls ungendered Appalachian square dances in North Carolina and beyond.

Bennett, MillicentjpgMillicent Bennett (Grand Central Publishing)

Millicent Bennett is the Senior Editorial Director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she oversees HMH’s distinguished fiction program. Before joining HMH, she was an Executive Editor at Grand Central/Hachette and has also worked at Simon & Schuster, Random House, Ecco, and Knopf. She has published a wide range of bestselling, major award-winning authors across literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, including Min Jin Lee (Pachinko), Susannah Cahalan (Brain on Fire), Siri Hustvedt (The Blazing World), Douglas Preston (The Lost City of the Monkey God), Sally Field (In Pieces), and many others—among them, several proud alumni of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

George David Clark16George David Clark (32 Poems)

George David Clark has served as editor-in-chief of 32 Poems since 2011. His poetry collection, Reveille, received the Miller Williams Prize, and he teaches creative writing and literary editing at Washington and Jefferson College in southwestern PA.

Faust, JessicaJessica Faust (The Southern Review)

Jessica Faust is the co-editor and poetry editor of The Southern Review. She taught for many years before joining The Southern Review in 2004 as assistant editor, and in 2011 became the journal’s poetry editor. Poems from the journal perennially are selected for Best American Poetry, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She most recently published an essay with Emily Nemens that appeared in Literary Publishing in the 21st Century. She lives with her young daughter in New Orleans, where she builds and operates puppets.

flinn 3Mary Flinn (Blackbird)

Mary Flinn began her tenure as the director of the New Virginia Review, Inc. in 1985 and is a founder and senior editor of Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts. She is co-editor, with George Garrett, of Elvis in Oz: New Stories and Poems from the Hollins Creative Writing Program.

Sally Kim (Putnam)

Sally Kim is VP, Editor in Chief of G.P. Putnam’s Sons (an imprint of Penguin Random House), where she oversees the editorial department and acquires and edits her own list of upmarket fiction, including recent books by Leah Stewart, Chloe Benjamin, Kiley Reid, Steven Rowley, Courtney Maum, John Kenney, Sarah Winman, Cristina Alger, Alma Katsu, and Holly Goddard Jones, as well as upcoming books by Megan Abbott, M.O. Walsh, Nickolas Butler, and Robert Jones, Jr.

Rebecca Lindenberg (Cincinnati Review)

Rebecca Lindenberg is the author of Love, an Index (McSweeney’s 2012) and The Logan Notebooks (Mountain West Poetry Series, 2014), winner of the 2015 Utah Book Award. She is the recipient of an Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Fellowship, an NEA Literature Grant, a seven-month fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and other honors. Her work appears most recently in Best American Poetry 2019, American Poetry Review, Tin House, The Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, Southern Indiana Review, Prelude, and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. She is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing program at the University of Cincinnati and a member of the poetry faculty of the Queens University low-residency MFA program. She also serves as Poetry Editor of the Cincinnati Review.

Speer Morgan (The Missouri Review)

Speer Morgan is the editor of The Missouri Review and teaches fiction writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the author of a collection of short stories, Frog Gig and Other Stories (University of Missouri Press), and five novels; Belle Starr: A Novel (Little Brown), Brother Enemy (Little Brown), The Assemblers (Dutton), The Whipping Boy (Houghton Mifflin), and The Freshour Cylinders (Macmurray and Beck, winner of the American Book Award). He is also the co-editor of The Best of the Missouri Review (University of Missouri Press) and For Our Beloved Country: Diaries of Americans in War (Atlantic Monthly Press).

Kathy Pories (Algonquin Books)

Kathy Pories is an Executive Editor at Algonquin Books. She has edited the last seven winners of the PEN/Bellwether Prize. Her authors have been Alex Award winners and finalists for the National Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Andrew Carnegie Award, the Kirkus Prize, the Story Prize, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and the First Novel Prize. She received her PhD in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Eric Smith__HeadshotEric Smith (The Sewanee Review)

Eric Smith is the author of Black Hole Factory, which won the 2017 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. He is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship and currently lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he works as the managing editor for the Sewanee Review.

Liz+Van+HooseLiz Van Hoose (5E)

Liz Van Hoose served the editorial departments of Alfred A. Knopf and Viking Penguin for a decade before hanging a shingle of her own. A member of the independent collective 5E, she has edited works by Ron Currie, Jr., Fiona Davis, Kim Edwards, Alex Gilvarry, Garrison Keillor, William Kittredge, Haruki Murakami, Beth Minh Nguyen, Alix Ohlin, Alice Randall, Jim Shepard, Amor Towles, and Danielle Trussoni, among many others, and lives with her family in New York.

AdamVinesHiRes1 (1)Adam Vines (Birmingham Poetry Review. BPR)

Adam Vines is an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and editor of Birmingham Poetry Review, which won the 2020 Small Press Publisher Award from AWP. He has published poetry in Poetry, Southwest Review, The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, The Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, The Literary Review, Five Points, Ecotone, The Hopkins Review, Verse Daily, and Poetry Daily, among others. He is the author of two single-authored books of poetry--Out of Speech (LSU Press, 2018) and The Coal Life (University of Arkansas Press, 2012)--and two collaborative poetry collections written with Allen Jih, Day Kink (Unicorn Press, 2018) and According to Discretion (Unicorn Press, 2015). He has won awards for his teaching from the University of Florida and UAB.


Literary Agents

Jin Auh (The Wylie Agency)


Michelle BrowerMichelle Brower (Aevitas Creative Management)

Michelle Brower is an agent at Aevitas Creative Management (formerly Zachary Shuster Harmsworth and Kuhn Projects), where she represents a diverse group of authors. She previously worked for six years as a senior vice president at Folio Literary Management. Prior to that, she was an agent at Wendy Sherman Associates. She earned her BA from The College of New Jersey and her MA in English literature from New York University. Michelle represents fiction that seeks to make the world a bigger place, combines a strong voice and a strong story, and explores the many ways in which people connect to each other. She has a weakness for literary suspense of any kind. She also represents select narrative non-fiction projects. Authors include Erika Swyler, Tara Conklin, Clare Beams, Viet Dinh and Sarah Domet, among others.

sarah burnes final photoSarah Burnes (The Gernert Company)

Sarah Burnes became a literary agent in 2001 after stints in the editorial departments of Houghton Mifflin, the Knopf group, and Little, Brown. Joining The Gernert Company in 2005, she now represents adult fiction writers (Sewanee’s Alice McDermott and Tony Earley among them); children’s fiction writers (New York Times bestsellers Pseudonymous Bosch and Margaret Stohl); and journalists and critics (The Ice At the End of the World’s Jon Gertner and Freeman's editor John Freeman). Her writers have either won or been shortlisted for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Story Prize, the Los Angeles Times First Book Prize, the Whiting Writer’s Award, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and they have received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. Sarah sits on the board of the non-profit progressive publisher The New Press. She lives with her husband and three children in Brooklyn, NY.

Sophie Cudd (WME Literary)

Sophie Cudd works at WME Literary and is interested in upmarket literary fiction, historical fiction, and nonfiction with an informational edge – anything from science to philosophy. She works with Dani Shapiro, Sarah Pekannen & Greer Hendricks, Jeannette Walls, Hanna Halperin, and is currently working on projects with Jenna Kutcher, Jessica Willis Fisher, and Miranda Lambert. Sophie has a degree in English Literature from Southern Methodist University and studied Shakespearean and Gothic Literature at Oxford University. She is currently based in Nashville, TN.

Emily Forland__PhotoEmily Forland (Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents)

Emily Forland is an agent at Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents in NYC. Previously, she was an agent at The Wendy Weil Agency, Inc. She represents literary fiction and nonfiction and has a special place in her heart for original writing that jumps off the page.

Erin Harris HeadshotErin Harris (Folio Literary Management)

Erin Harris is a VP and literary agent at Folio Literary Management. She represents literary and book club fiction and narrative nonfiction, including memoir. A graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the New School, she brings a strong editorial eye and hands-on approach to her agenting practice.

Gail Hochman__PhotoGail Hochman (Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents)

Gail Hochman is the president of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, LLC and the President of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. Her authors’ works have become bestselling novels, successful films and television series, and international publishing phenomena, and have earned their authors prizes ranging from the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and PEN/Faulkner Award to the Guggenheim Fellowship, Lambda Literary Award, and the Caldecott and Newbery Medals. Gail is active in numerous charities and foundations which support the needs of women and children in New York City and the writing community.

Margaret Riley King headshotMargaret Riley King (Endeavor)

Margaret Riley King is a literary agent at Endeavor, where she began her career after graduating from Princeton University. She represents both literary and commercial fiction, along with narrative nonfiction, memoir, and lifestyle titles in the areas of food, home, faith/spirituality, and well-being. Clients and projects represented include Chloe Benjamin, author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Immortalists; Glennon Doyle, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior and the upcoming Untamed; international bestselling writing duo Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks; award-winning author Sue Monk Kidd; NYT bestselling author and two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach, record breaking author of The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls; acclaimed novelist Ann Brashares; The Chaperone author Laura Moriarty; Ann Kidd Taylor; Cammie McGovern; New York Times bestselling author and speaker Nadia Bolz-Weber; Newbery Award winner Sheila Turnage; Rachel Brathen; Michael Symon; Ruthie Lindsey and Kristen Howerton; among others. She splits her time between her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, and New York City.

Kelly Miller (Luminosity Management)

Kelly Miller is a Literary Manager and the Founder of Luminosity Management, where she represents playwrights in TV and Film. Recently, she served as a Theater-to-TV Crossover Agent at Paradigm, the Director of Development for New Neighborhood, and as South Coast Repertory’s Literary Director and the Co-Director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. Miller has also worked at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown, Long Wharf Theatre and consulted for the O’Neill, Berkeley Rep, the Kennedy Center, Public Theater, Native Voices at the Autry and many others. Recent residencies include Lake Tofte Center and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She serves on the board for WP Theater and is an Ambassador-at-Large for the National New Play Network. Kelly is a Founder of The Kilroys, a nationally-renowned activist group dedicated to advocating for gender parity in the theater. She is currently in development at AMC.

Renee Z__HeadshotRenée Zuckerbrot (Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents)

Renée Zuckerbrot worked as an editor at Doubleday before becoming a literary agent. Her authors include Kelly Link, Dan Chaon, Shawn Vestal, Daniel Wallace, Polly Rosenwaike, and M.O. Walsh, among others. Her authors have won or been nominated for a number of awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, National Book Award, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, B&N Discover Great New Writers Award, the Story Prize, and the PEN/O. Henry Prize.


Theater Professionals

Beth headshot Joey Stocks photo creditBeth Blickers (APA)

Beth Blickers is an agent at APA, where she represents artists who work in theatre, television, and film. She started her career at the William Morris Agency, where she began work after graduating from NYU. She is the Past President of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

Janet FikiOmalolu Fiki (Actor)

Omalolu Fiki is an LA based actor and writer. She just graduated with her MFA from UCSD in 2019. Her most recent work can be seen as part of Milwaukee Rep’s Stay At Home Series “__Told Me.” Regional credits include: An Octoroon (Chautauqua), Into the Breeches (Chautauqua). UCSD credits include: UC San Diego credits: Everybody Black(w)holeness (Wagner New Play Festival), Mothers (Wagner New Play Festival), Duchess! Duchess! Duchess! (Wagner New Play Festival), A Raisin in the SunWhat of the Night?EurydiceAngels in AmericaPart Two: PerestroikaTaming of the Shrew(d), and Mother Courage and her Children

Katie Gamelli (A3 Artists Agency)

Katie Gamelli is a Literary Agent at A3 Artists Agency representing playwrights, composers, lyricists, directors, designers and more. A passionate advocate for new play and musical development, she has served on the Encores! Off-Center Artist's Board (led by Jeanine Tesori and Michael Friedman), and the Musical Theatre Factory Advisory Board. She has also worked for The Kleban Foundation, as well as given master classes at Yale and Montclair State University. She is a CT native and graduate of Marymount Manhattan College.

Sharrell2_Small72dpiSharrell D. Luckett (Black Acting Methods Studio)

Sharrell D. Luckett, PhD, is founding Director of the Black Acting Methods Studio. A sought-after scholar, artist, and speaker, she has had residencies at renowned institutions, such as the Lincoln Center, Harvard University, and 92Y. Luckett’s books include Black Acting Methods, YoungGiftedandFat, Transweight, and African American Arts. She is also the Director of the Helen Weinberger Center for Drama and Playwriting and a performance studies professor at the University of Cincinnati. Upcoming projects include a co-edited book on the work of Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney and the opening of the Black Acting Methods Online Institute.

Sean McIntyreSean McIntyre (Actor)

Sean McIntyre is a New York based actor and educator returning for his 4th summer here at Sewanee. His recent work includes Broadway, Film, Television, Voiceover, Motion Capture and VR. He is a co-founder and instructor at Performing Prose and has an MFA from UCSD and a BA from James Madison University. He is also a proud lifetime member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Kelly Miller (Literate)

Kelly Miller is a manager at Literate. She previously served as a theater-to-TV crossover agent at Paradigm.

Naysan Mojgani (Round House Theatre)

Naysan Mojgani is the Associate Artist--Literary and New Plays at Round House Theater in Washington, DC. As a theatre scholar, director, and dramaturg, Naysan has worked on new and classic work with theatres in San Diego and Minnesota, including MOXIE, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and Malashock Dance, and has taught at UC San Diego and George Mason University. Naysan holds a PhD in Theatre & Drama from UC San Diego and a BA from Carleton College.

M.rishawnMichael Rishawn (Actor)

Michael Rishawn is an actor and writer. New York Credits: Old Masters (The Flea), 24-hour plays (The New School), History Boys (Gallery Players), workshops at Roundabout Theatre Company. Regional: Handjob (Echo Theatre) Wig Out (Studio Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentleman of Verona, All’s Well (Shakespeare Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol, Antony & Cleopatra (Hartford Stage), Henry V (Philadelphia Shakespeare). Sundance Screenwriters' Lab Finalist (Mama's Boy), Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist (Not Another Sidney Poitier). MFA, UCSD. BFA, The Hartt School.

Emily Shain-HeadshotEmily Shain (Actor)

Emily Shain is a professional actor, teacher, and coach based in New York City. She has been on stages across the US as well as on the small screen. She is a partner with the Back Room Shakespeare project and co-founder of Performing Prose. MFA: UCSD