Profile

Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a full-service literary agency located in the historic Film Center Building in Manhattan. Our agents work with some of the most exciting talent in the business, representing bestsellers, thought leaders, celebrities, and award-winners across every genre.

In addition to our commitment to contemporary voices, Folio is the custodian of the storied literary agency Harold Ober Associates, dedicated to bringing its legacy into the future. Ober represented some of the most iconic voices of the 20th century, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chinua Achebe, William Faulkner, J.D. Salinger, Langston Hughes, Lois Lowry, Pearl S. Buck, and Dylan Thomas, among many others.

Jeff is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (JD), the University of Chicago (MA, Italian), and the University of Virginia (BA with High Distinction in English). As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn a variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something—a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career. His authors include the New York Times bestsellers The Art of Racing in the Rain (Garth Stein), The Eighty Dollar Champion (Elizabeth Letts), The Snow Child (a Pulitzer finalist; Eowyn Ivey), Widow of the South (Robert Hicks), and Mockingbird (Charles Shields), to name a few.

Education

JD | Case Western Reserve University
MA - Italian | University of Chicago
BA - English | University of Virginia

Frances Cannon

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

Sean Prentiss

Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

Amahl Khouri

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

Ariel Francisco

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

Ibrahim Ahmad

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing