Visiting Agent Q&A
Friday, May 3
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Noble Reading Room
The agents of Folio Literary Management will provide insights into the publishing industry, the writer’s craft, working with an agent, submitting your work to agents and literary magazines, and professions in publishing. There’ll be plenty of time for questions. This talk and Q&A session will afford students and the broader community a holistic view of the publishing industry and the writer’s central place in it, synthesizing the various topics Folio discussed in individual classes.
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. Their 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 their 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.
Jamie Chambliss is an agent with Folio Literary Management. Prior to Folio, she worked at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, where as assistant editor she worked on such novels as B.A. Shapiro’s The Muralist, Stephanie Knipper’s The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin, Nina de Gramont’s The Last September, and Heidi Pitlor’s The Daylight Marriage and on such nonfiction as Larry Olmsted’s Real Food/Fake Food and Elaine Khosrova’s Butter. She’s drawn to literary and upmarket/book club fiction and narrative nonfiction, especially dealing with food, pop culture, the quirks of human nature, the stories within the worlds of science and sports, and the forgotten corners of history. Prior to book publishing, she was a magazine journalist, covering, among other things, books, the arts, and sports narratives. She’s a graduate of Wake Forest University and has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Erin Harris is an agent and VP at Folio Literary Management, where she represents debut and seasoned authors in the areas of literary and book club fiction, narrative nonfiction, and Young Adult. 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, ushering writers through all stages of the publishing process and fostering long-term professional partnerships. Some of Erin’s authors include Pulitzer and National Book Award finalist Carla Power, Indie Next Pick author Erica Ferencik, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award Allegra Hyde, and NYT editor’s choice novelist Daniel Levine. Outside of the office, Erin is a founder and co-host of the literary event series HIP Lit. She has a deep and abiding love of books and feels very fortunate to work with authors every day.