Esmond Harmsworth has represented the #1 Wall Street Journal business bestseller and New York Times bestseller Breakthrough: Secrets of America’s Fastest Growing Companies by Keith McFarland; Amanda Ripley’s New York Times bestseller The Smartest Kids in the World—And How They Got That Way; the thrilling Southern Gothic mystery The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young; and Michelle Hoover’s acclaimed literary novel Bottomland.
Born in London, Harmsworth was educated in England before graduating magna cum laude from Brown University and cum laude from Harvard Law School. He was a founding partner of the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency which merged with Kuhn Projects to form Aevitas.
Based in Boston, Harmsworth represents serious nonfiction books on topics such as politics, psychology, culture, business, history and science. For fiction, he represents literary fiction, mystery and crime, thriller, suspense and horror, and historical novels.
David Kuhn has represented Amy Schumer’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo; Liaquat Ahamed’s Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller Lords of Finance; New York Times columnist Charles Blow’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones; Jessi Klein’s bestseller You’ll Grow Out of It; New Yorker editor Mary Norris’s Between You and Me; Marina Abramovic’s Walk Through Walls; Linda Hirshman’s Sisters in Law; Jessye Norman’s Stand Up Straight and Sing!; lawyer and journalist Steven Brill’s Tailspin; Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s Stony the Road; and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi’s memoir I.M.
Kuhn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and worked for many years as a magazine editor. He was Senior Editor at Vanity Fair, Features Director at The New Yorker, and Editor in Chief at Brill’s Content. In 2002, he founded Kuhn Projects, which merged with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth in 2016 to form Aevitas.
Kuhn, based in New York, represents nonfiction books that will educate, entertain, and enlighten in the areas of memoir, current events, history, politics, culture, style, food, music, and entertainment.
Todd Shuster represents such authors as James S. Hirsch, who wrote the New York Times bestselling Hurricane; Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, author of the bestselling memoir Around the Way Girl; Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman; and Deval L. Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts. Todd also works with numerous prestigious institutions including The Boston Consulting Group, The Boston Globe, and Jeter Publishing, Derek Jeter’s eponymous imprint at Simon & Schuster. Films Todd has helped shepherd to the big screen include Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon; Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp; and The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith.
Following college at Yale and law school at Northeastern University, Shuster practiced publishing and entertainment law at the law firms of Palmer & Dodge and Ropes & Gray. He founded the literary agency Zachary Shuster Harmsworth which recently merged with Kuhn Projects to form Aevitas.
Based in New York, Shuster represents both fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction list primarily focuses on current affairs, politics and civil rights, health and wellness, memoir, business, and history. His fiction list includes both literary and commercial novels, including mysteries and thrillers.
Jennifer Gates has represented numerous New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, among them Mira Bartók, author of the bestselling and NBCC Award winner The Memory Palace and the forthcoming The Wonderling; Maya Soetoro-Ng’s Ladder to the Moon; Eva Longoria’s Eva’s Kitchen; Thomas P.M. Barnett’s The Pentagon’s New Map; and Chris Gardner’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Pursuit of Happyness.
Gates received her BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University and worked in social services before becoming an editor at a division of HarperCollins. She joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as an agent in 1997. Jennifer Gates is a Senior Partner with Aevitas and Director of Strategic Partnerships.
Based in New York, Gates represents a range of nonfiction, including narrative and expert-driven works, memoir, current affairs, pop culture, as well as literary fiction and children’s books.
Laura Nolan represents New York Times bestselling authors, chefs, musicians, and celebrities including Neil Patrick Harris; actor and math advocate, Danica McKellar; actor Christine Lahti; musicians Sara Bareilles, John Fogerty, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, and Martha Wainwright; Master Chef Anita Lo; and bestselling investigative journalist Scott Carney among others.
Nolan has worked for over twenty-five years in the publishing industry, both as a literary agent and as a digital pioneer, having helped launch Barnes & Noble’s e-book publishing program in 2001. Before joining Aevitas, Nolan was the head of book publishing division for Paradigm Talent Agency.
Based in New York, Nolan represents platform-driven narrative nonfiction in the areas of celebrity, music, investigative journalism, women’s issues, alternative health, and lifestyle. She is passionate about cookbooks and food narrative informed by politics or science. She is seeking challenging ideas, incisive writing that asks “big” questions, and artists who are successful in one medium but whose talents and passion translate into narrative.
Janet Silver represents a roster of acclaimed writers. Her clients include Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir, Wild, has sold more than 4 million copies; Anthony Marra, author of the New York Times bestselling novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena; Monique Truong, winner of the Asian American Literary Award for The Book of Salt; and Hanna Pylväinin, Whiting Award winner of the novel We Sinners.
Janet has in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and extensive editorial experience. Before joining Aevitas, she was Publisher at Houghton Mifflin, where she worked with such renowned authors as Philip Roth, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tim O’Brien, and Jonathan Safran Foer. She has been a trustee of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and is on the advisory board of Ploughshares magazine. She was recently profiled in Poets & Writers.
Janet represents literary fiction, memoir, and creative/narrative nonfiction with a compelling storyline. In both fiction and nonfiction, she seeks diverse, singular voices, unique perspectives—and great writing! Based in Boston, she travels regularly to New York.
Lane Zachary represents such prestigious writers as Ha Jin—author of Waiting, War Trash, A Map of Betrayal and winner of The National Book Award, The PEN/Hemingway Award, and The PEN/Faulkner Award—and Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell, whose memoir Let’s Take the Long Way Home was a New York Times bestseller. Lane helped uncover and sell two never-before-seen Louisa May Alcott novels: A Long Fatal Love Chase and The Inheritance. She also represents the parents of Marina Keegan for the international bestseller, The Opposite of Loneliness, and recently sold veteran theater critic Patti Hartigan’s authorized biography of August Wilson.
After receiving her MA from Mount Holyoke College and BA from Boston University, Lane worked at Little Brown & Co, then as a literary agent at Palmer & Dodge. She founded Zachary Shuster Harmsworth which merged with Kuhn Projects to became Aevitas.
Based in Boston but often in New York, Lane represents fiction, memoir, biography, women’s issue books, history, race, and current affairs. She is interested in books with stunning prose that have the capacity to change the world.
Bridget Wagner Matzie has represented projects such as the #1 New York Times bestseller Shattered by Jon Allen and Amie Parnes, the national bestseller The Case for Impeachment by Allan Lichtman, the New York Times bestseller The Party Is Over by Mike Lofgren, the acclaimed novel The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma by Ratika Kapur, the LA Times bestseller Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy by Eric Wilson, and the New York Times bestselling novel Daemon by Daniel Suarez, among others.
Matzie graduated from Colgate University with a BA in English and Writing. She attended the Columbia University publishing program and subsequently worked for ICM in New York and London, as an agent and rights director at The Sagalyn Agency, and as foreign rights manager at Random House India.
Matzie represents nonfiction and commercial fiction as an Aevitas partner based in Washington, DC., where Washingtonian Magazine listed her as one of DC’s top book agents. She is most interested in strong original ideas, new and international voices, big-think topics and books that challenge readers and create discussion.
Rick Richter recently represented (or co-represented) #1 NY Times bestseller Max Einstein by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (on behalf of the Albert Einstein Estate), and NY Times bestsellers Tough As They Come by Travis Mills and Marcus Brotherton, Getting Back to Happy by Marc and Angel Chernoff, and I Am Enough by Grace Beyers.
Richter spent over a decade on Simon & Schuster’s Executive Committee in the roles of President, Children’s Book Division and President of Sales and Distribution, and brings a wide range of publishing and media expertise to his role at Aevitas. His areas of interest include self-help, music and pop culture, military history and memoir, history, thriller, men’s fiction, business, celebrity, sports celebrity and faith. He has deep experience and interest in children’s books, having overseen two of the nation’s top children’s publishers: Simon & Schuster and Candlewick Press.
Jane von Mehren represents leading thinkers including paleontologist Stephen Brusatte’s The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs, historian Susan Stryker’s Changing Gender, psychoanalyst Erica Komisar’s Being There, and fiction such as Janet Benton’s Lilli de Jong and Kevin Morris’s All Joe Knight.
She holds a BA with honors from Vassar College. Before becoming an agent, von Mehren was an editor and publishing executive at Houghton Mifflin, Penguin, and Random House, most recently as a Senior Vice President and Publisher at Random House.
Working out of Aevitas’s New York office, von Mehren is interested in narratives in the areas of business, history, memoir, popular culture and science, books that help us live our best lives, literary, book club, and historical fiction.
Rob Arnold has over a decade of experience in literary publishing. Before coming to Aevitas, he cofounded the online journal Memorious, and subsequently worked at Ploughshares, Fence Books, Beacon Press, and PEN New England, where he was associate director.
Based in Seattle, Rob is interested in literary fiction and nonfiction, graphic novels, memoir and biography, science, technology, art, and narrative nonfiction exploring issues of race, class, and gender.
Sarah Bowlin joined Aevitas in early 2017 after a decade as an editor of literary fiction and nonfiction. She has worked on the international breakout novel How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti; the New York Times Notable Book, The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips; the National Book Award-nominated The End by Salvatore Scibona; the acclaimed novels Marlena by Julie Buntin and Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong; and works by the award-winning novelist, Juan Gabriel Vásquez.
Bowlin has a BA in American Literature from New York University. Originally from the South, she got her start in publishing at Riverhead Books and was most recently a senior editor at Henry Holt & Company.
As an Aevitas agent based in Los Angeles, she is focused on bold, diverse voices in fiction and nonfiction. She’s especially interested in stories of strong or difficult women and unexpected narratives of place, of identity, and of the shifting ways we see ourselves and each other. She’s also interested in food history, wine, and dance.
Michelle Brower has represented National Book Award finalist Erika L. Sánchez, the New York Times bestseller The House Girl by Tara Conklin; bestselling historical fiction author Hazel Gaynor; the Barnes & Noble Discover Pick The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler; and After Disasters by Viet Dinh, which was named a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Prize.
After graduating from New York University with a MA degree in literature, Brower began her career in agenting at Wendy Sherman Associates. Before joining Aevitas, she was a Senior Vice President at Folio Literary Management.
Brower represents fiction and narrative nonfiction. Her interests include book club fiction (a commercial concept with a literary execution), literary fiction (including with an element of genre), and smart women’s fiction. She also represents select young adult, middle grade, and memoir projects. Some of her favorite non-client writers are Emily St. John Mandel, Maggie Shipstead, Tana French, and Barbara Kingsolver. She splits her time between New York and Seattle.
During his three decades in publishing and journalism, Nick Chiles shepherded many bestselling books from conception to publication as a celebrity co-author, writing New York Times bestsellers with R&B icon Bobby Brown, civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, and gospel legend Kirk Franklin, among others.
Chiles served as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, and magazine and website editor-in-chief during his years in journalism, winning nearly 20 major awards—including a 1992 Pulitzer Prize as part of a New York Newsday team. He has also spent considerable time teaching writing to young people, helping to mold the next generation of Morrisons and Rowlings. Chiles is a graduate of Yale University.
Based in Atlanta, Chiles is deeply interested in nonfiction and fiction stories of individuals taking on entrenched institutions, writing that fearlessly pushes us to look at each other in fresh ways, voices that shine a light on the darkest corners of our society. He is on the lookout for original takes on American heroes—or crowning new ones—in areas like sports, music and the arts.
Lori Galvin is interested in both fiction (especially thrillers and smart women’s fiction) and non-fiction (cookbooks, memoir, and personal development). Based in Boston, she is currently representing projects for Washington Post columnist Cathy Barrow, Top Chef finalist Kwame Onwuachi, and Shark Tank winner Kim Nelson of Daisy Cakes. She also represents writers Cambria Brockman and Hannah Kirshner, as well as writer, poet, and translator Eleanor Goodman.
Some of her favorite non-client fiction authors include Megan Abbott, Margot Livesey, Celeste Ng, and Tom Perrotta.
Prior to joining Aevitas, Galvin was executive editor at the multimedia publisher America’s Test Kitchen, where she led a team that produced dozens of landmark cookbooks. Galvin was also an editor at Houghton Mifflin, a restaurant cook, and ran a bed-and-breakfast in Maine.
Over the past two decades, David Granger has worked closely with hundreds of prominent writers, artists, actors, and public figures in his capacity as a magazine editor.
Granger was the editor in chief of Esquire magazine for 19 years, from 1997 until 2016. During his tenure the magazine won 17 National Magazine Awards and Granger was the industry’s editor of the year on three separate occasions. He was awarded the Missouri Honor Medal from the University of Missouri in 2014 for his contributions to journalism. He earned his BA from the University of Tennessee and his MA from the University of Virginia.
Based in New York, Granger has eclectic tastes. Sure, he’s obsessed with politics and current events; actual innovation in design, technology, and science; the culture of food; literary fiction; fame. But what binds these things is a yen for writing that pushes boundaries. Oh, and he has an awful weakness for American tough guy novels: The Continental Op to Reacher, with Dave Robicheaux and Harry Bosch and Buck Schatz and Isaiah Quintabe mixed in.
Sarah Lazin began her publishing career on the editorial staff of Rolling Stone in 1971. In 1976, she established Rolling Stone Press, the book packaging division of the company, which she continued to represent for thirty years and which created hundreds of successful titles for Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, and US Magazine. She also created book packaging divisions for Ms. Magazine, The Village Voice, Musician, Playboy, and Vibe Magazine, and created books for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum, The Experience Music Project, and The International Center for Photography.
She is the co-founder and past president of the American Book Producers Association, has served on the boards of the Women’s Media Group, and The Association of Authors’ Representatives. She has taught at publishing seminars including Rice, Radcliffe, Denver, and New York University, and has served on the staffs of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference and the Maui Writers Conference. She received an MA in history from New York University.
Based in New York, Sarah represents a range of nonfiction writers working in fields such as popular culture, biography, history, politics, journalism, memoir, parenting, health, practical nonfiction, contemporary affairs, social issues, and general reference. She also handles fiction from literary works and short stories to commercial novels, and represents some photographers and illustrators and several estates. She accepts submissions through referral only.
Sarah Levitt represents critically acclaimed fiction and nonfiction writers. Her list includes journalists, academics, historians, scientists, and musicians, among others.
Levitt graduated summa cum laude as a University Honors Scholar and Founders’ Day Award recipient from New York University, with a BA in Classics and English literature. Prior to joining Aevitas, Levitt was as an agent at The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency, where she also handled contracts and foreign rights.
As an Aevitas agent based in New York, 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.
Will Lippincott has represented projects such as the New York Times bestseller A Colony in a Nation by Emmy Award-winning MSNBC host Chris Hayes, the national bestseller Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter, the New York Times bestselling memoir Slow Dancing with a Stranger by Meryl Comer, the acclaimed history of the Russian ballet Bolshoi Confidential by Princeton music historian and critic Simon Morrison, and Killing the Messenger by New York Times bestselling author David Brock.
For thirteen years Lippincott worked as a literary agent and founding partner of Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. Prior to becoming an agent in 2003, Will was publisher of strategy+business magazine and a business development director at the global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton; publisher of The New Republic; and book publishing director at The New Yorker. Most recently, Lippincott served as Chief Operating Officer of Shareblue Media, the fast-growing digital news and opinion platform.
As an agent based in Los Angeles, Will’s interests center on politics, journalistic narratives, history, health, technology, and memoir, with a special focus on multi-media storytelling.
Jen Marshall has worked closely over the years with a wide range of award-winning and bestselling authors, including Margaret Atwood, P.D. James, Ayelet Waldman, Dan Brown, Mona Simpson, Chris Bohjalian, E L James, Thomas Cahill, Claire Messud, Erin Morgenstern, Joseph Ellis, and Karen Armstrong.
Marshall joined Aevitas after almost twenty years working for the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group at Penguin Random House in various roles from Director of Publicity for Anchor Books to Publicist-at-Large for the imprint. Prior to that, Jen worked as an independent bookseller. She brings to her work as an agent a thorough understanding of the publishing and bookselling industries, as well as deep expertise in public relations, social media, and audience-building. A native of northwest Connecticut, Jen graduated from Bucknell University with honors in English.
Marshall represents a range of fiction and nonfiction. She is most interested in books you would recommend to your friends in a hot minute: literary fiction, commercial fiction, crime, thrillers, speculative fiction, style, pop culture, and compelling narrative nonfiction. She divides her time between our New York office and her home in Western Massachusetts.
Penny Moore represents standout authors such as Morris Award Finalist, Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of titles such as Starfish and Summer Bird Blue; Beth Evans, author/illustrator of I Really Didn’t Think This Through; Nicki Pau Preto, author of Crown of Feathers; Lyla Lee, author of The Mindy Kim Series; and Katie Zhao, author of The Dragon Warrior.
Moore graduated from the University of Georgia with a double degree in Linguistics and Japanese Language & Literature. During her time as an undergraduate, she also studied comparative literature at top universities in Japan and South Korea. Penny joined Aevitas in 2018, starting in the industry as an assistant/associate agent at FinePrint Literary Management in 2014, then joining Empire Literary as an agent two years later, where she built out the children’s portion of the agency’s list.
Moore mainly represents children’s literature, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult. She also has an interest in select platform nonfiction projects that speak to younger audiences. Though she’s interested in all genres, she’s specifically seeking inventive works featuring breakout voices and compelling plot lines that will make young readers feel seen and heard for the first time.
Lauren Sharp represents award-winning journalists, historians, and academics from the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, top universities, prominent think tanks, and elsewhere.
Sharp graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in English, and from the University of Cincinnati with a Masters in English, Creative Writing. Prior to joining Aevitas, she worked as an agent and rights director at ICM/Sagalyn, and interned with the Ross Yoon Agency.
Sharp is based in Washington, DC, and represents nonfiction in the areas of politics, history, current affairs, narrative nonfiction, and science.
Becky Sweren has represented projects such as the New York Times bestseller From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein, the LA Times bestseller Barons of the Sea by Steven Ujifusa, the New York Times bestseller The Secret Life of the American Musical by Jack Viertel, the National Book Award Longlist A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball, and acclaimed narrative nonfiction such as The Fox Hunt by Mohammed Al Samawi.
Becky graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with a BA in English and in Theater Studies. Prior to joining Aevitas, she worked at Janklow & Nesbit Associates.
She is most interested in investigative journalism, unexplored history, big ideas that challenge conventional wisdom, and voice-driven memoirs that shed light on cultures, places, or industries.
Nan Thornton brings nearly twenty years’ worth of experience to Aevitas. A former subsidiary rights assistant at Knopf, Thornton has practiced copyright law for 12 years, representing authors and their estates as well as Pearson Education, where she was in house counsel before becoming an agent.
Thornton is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Georgetown University, and Vanderbilt Law School. A New York City native who grew up on Long Island, she is surprised to call New Jersey home.
Based in the New York office, Thornton is seeking authors working in a broad range of areas, including literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, biography, memoir, and nonfiction in the areas of health, science, business, parenting, and education.
Susan Zanger represents influential and groundbreaking content creators including Aaron Mahnke, creator of the hit podcast Lore, now a major book series and worldwide streaming television show, in addition to celebrities, athletes, and lifestyle, business, and thought leaders, among others.
Susan received her BA in Psychology and in Marketing from Syracuse University. She has held senior roles in magazine publishing and marketing and was most recently Director, Content Development at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth.
As an Aevitas agent based in New York, Susan is most interested in platform-driven narrative nonfiction with a socially conscious bent, inspirational memoir, arts and culture, pop-culture, humor, and projects with compelling storytelling potential across multiple platforms.
Chelsey Heller is Aevitas Creative Management’s Director of Foreign Rights, handling all translation rights for our titles. She most recently worked for the rights department at Writers House from 2010 to 2014, working with their list of New York Times and internationally bestselling authors. She began her publishing career when she interned at Foundry Literary + Media in 2009, where she first realized an interest in subsidiary rights as a career path.
Heller graduated with a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. She is based in New York.
Kate Mack has worked with authors such as artist Kate Schelter, illustrator Joana Avillez, New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly, and the Women’s March.
Mack graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Mack represents nonfiction as an Aevitas agent based in New York. She is most interested in cultural history, fashion, music, illustrated books for adults, strong female voices, and stories that give a voice to a person or community that’s historically been silenced or ostracized.
Rex Ogle has helmed a variety of New York Times bestselling children books and graphic novel series, including Justice League, Star Wars: Jedi Academy (by Jeffrey Brown and National Book Award Finalist Jarrett Krosoczka), Secret Hero Society, and Neil Patrick Harris’s The Magic Misfits. He has also created original IP narratives such as Meg, Jo, Beth, & Amy, a modern-day graphic novel retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, and the Classroom 13 series, which was nominated for TLA’s Texas Bluebonnet Award and became a C-Y-O-A on Amazon Alexa’s Echo Dot.
Rex has fifteen years of publishing experience, having started his career at Marvel and DC Comics before moving to Scholastic and Little Brown Books for Young Readers where he worked as Senior Editor with brands like Star Wars, LEGO, Despicable Me / Minions, Minecraft, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more. Under his own name and half a dozen pen names, he is the author of over a hundred books.
Based in Los Angeles, Rex will continue creating cross-platform commercial content.
Allison Warren joined Aevitas Creative Management in December 2016. As VP of Development in the agency’s film and television department, Warren manages the agency’s relationship with acclaimed management and production company Anonymous Content, and oversees film and television activities.
Previously, Warren served as Creative Executive at Lava Bear Films, the LA-based film production and financing company founded by David Linde (which produced the Oscar-nominated film Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, among others), after working in film development at Fox 2000, a division of Twentieth Century Fox specializing in book-to-film adaptations, and New Line Cinema.
Based in New York, Warren received a BS in Television, Radio, and Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and is originally from Philadelphia.
Erica Bauman represents a wide variety of authors for both children and adults, including acclaimed YA author Andrew Auseon and Broadway performer Tiffany Haas.
Erica is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and has worked in the publishing industry for the last seven years. Before coming to Aevitas she worked at Spectrum Literary Agency.
Based in New York, Erica is currently focused on representing a wide range of authors across middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, as well as some select narrative nonfiction projects. She is most interested in novels that straddle the line between literary and commercial, imaginative tales with a speculative twist, fearless storytellers that tackle big ideas and contemporary issues, and working with and supporting marginalized authors and stories that represent the wide range of humanity.
Justin Brouckaert graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in Fiction at the University of South Carolina, where he was a James Dickey Fellow and an editor of the literary journal Yemassee. Before coming to Aevitas, he was the assistant director of the Southern Interscholastic Press Association in Columbia, South Carolina.
Justin is interested in character-driven literary fiction, as well as memoir and reportage. He is based in New York.
Nate Muscato graduated from Vassar College with a BA in English and Italian. Prior to joining Aevitas, he worked at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Sterling Lord Literistic and taught high school students in Milan.
Nate is interested in nonfiction writing that plays with conventions of narrative and genre and that emphasizes intersectionality when considering the arts, culture, history, current events, and the future. He is based in New York.
Francesca Capossela graduated cum laude from Pomona College with a BA in English. She did extensive coursework in film and media studies, gender and race studies, and creative writing. She has worked for WNYC, VICE, Spork Press, and Melville House. Her writing has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books and in Hanging Loose magazine and has received awards from the Yeats Society, Scholastic, The Poetry Society, and the Goodbrain Project.
Based in New York, Francesca is interested in literary fiction, young adult fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. She loves stories that present rich, imaginative worlds, and writing that is exacting in its precision and creativity. For fiction, she looks for works that combat the generic, ask big questions, and transport the reader. For nonfiction, she is interested in underprivileged perspectives, cultural histories, and true stories with a literary bent.
Maggie Cooper comes to Aevitas from the world of of small presses, academic publishing, and literary journals. A 2016 graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop, she holds a degree in English from Yale University and earned her MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she served as an editor for The Greensboro Review.
Maggie is a passionate reader with a taste for imaginative, genre-bending fiction; capacious historical fiction; and smart, feminist happy endings. Her other loves include unclassifiable book projects, food and cookbooks, and fiction and nonfiction that interrogates whiteness, capitalism, and the heteropatriarchy.
Shenel Ekici-Moling joined Aevitas’s Film and Television department in 2018 as Department Coordinator, with supporting roles in the Business Affairs and Contracts departments. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a BA in English and Creative Writing and was a William Haller Prize recipient and a Susan Ratner Writing Fellow. She originally hails from Istanbul, Turkey.
Erin Files graduated from New York University with a BA in English Literature. Prior to Aevitas, she worked at several publishing houses and agencies, mostly notably Writers House and W.W. Norton in New York and Little Tiger Press in London.
Based in New York, Erin is most interested in upmarket young adult, middle grade and adult fiction—particularly issue-driven stories that mirror the depth and diversity of the world around us. She also enjoys literary-leaning nonfiction in the areas of psychology, history, and popular science.