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Aja Gabel, Author-in-Residence 2019

Author of The Ensemble

Aja’s short fiction can be found in New England ReviewNew Ohio ReviewGlimmer TrainBOMB, and elsewhere. Her lyric essay, “The Sparrows in France,” appeared in Kenyon Review and earned her an honorable mention in Best American Essays 2015. She has taught fiction, non-fiction, and literature at the University of Virginia, the University of Houston, Sweet Briar College, and Pacific University, as well as at undergraduate creative writing conferences and community workshop organizations. She earned her BA at Wesleyan University, her MFA at the University of Virginia and has a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston.

Aja has been the recipient of awards from Atlantic Monthly and Inprint, as well as fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where she was a fellow in fiction 2012-2013. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their dog. ajagabel.com.


Rufie Thorpe, Author-in-Residence 2019

Author of The Girls from Corona Del Mar & Dear Fang, with Love

Rufi received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. Her first novel, The Girls from Corona del Mar, was long listed for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize and for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her second novel, Dear Fang, With Love, was published by Knopf in May 2016, and she has a third forthcoming in 2020, The Knockout Queen. She lives in California with her husband and two sons. RufiThorpe.com.

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Stephanie Danler, Author-in-Residence 2017 and 2018

Author of Sweetbitter

Stephanie Danler is the author of the international bestseller Sweetbitter. She is the creator, writer and executive producer of the Sweetbitter television series on STARZ. She splits her time between New York City and Los Angeles, and is at work on a book of non-fiction. StephanieDanler.com.


Karen Joy Fowler, Author-in-Residence 2018

Author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and many more!

Karen is the author of six novels and three short story collections. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award, and appeared on numerous bestseller lists. Her novel The Jane Austen Book Club was a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a New York Times bestseller, and was made into a film in 2007. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, and won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Her second novel, The Sweetheart Season, was also a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. She is the co-founder of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the current president of the Clarion Foundation. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children and seven grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California. KarenJoyFowler.com.


Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Author-in-Residence 2016

Author of The Language of Flowers & We Never Asked for Wings

Vanessa was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico, California. After graduating from Stanford University, she worked in the non-profit sector, teaching art and technology to youth in low-income communities. Following the success of her debut novel, The Language of Flowers, she co-founded Camellia Network (now Lifeset Network), a non-profit whose mission is to connect every youth aging out of foster care to the critical resources, opportunities, and support they need to thrive in adulthood. She lives in Monterey, CA, with her husband and four children. VanessaDiffenbaugh.com.


Danielle Svetcov, Guest Agent 2018

Literary Agent: Levine Greenberg Rostan

Literary agent Danielle Svetcov joined Levine Greenberg Rostan in 2002, based in the CA office. Prior to that, she wrote for theNew York TimesU.S. News & World ReportForbes, and the Chicago Tribune Magazine. Danielle represents both fiction and nonfiction, with a particular flair for cookbooks (she represents a number of IACP and Beard Award winners). In all things, especially fiction, she’s drawn to quirkiness. Odd character combinations (a small-town accountant falls for the big city Vo-Ag teacher…), nutty situations (a reclusive island of hippies and farmers suddenly awash in wayward Columbian pot), and original voices.  She likes writing that reads easy but isn’t. LGRLiterary.com.


Anna Ghosh, Guest Agent 2018

Literary Agent: Ghosh Agency

Ghosh Literary is an independent literary agency founded by Anna Ghosh.  Anna started her career as a literary agent in New York city in 1995 and was previously a partner at Scovil Galen Ghosh. The agency offers world wide literary representation for print and digital media and all allied rights, including motion picture, theatrical and multimedia rights. Originally from India, Anna lived in New York city for 16 years and now lives in San Francisco, California. GoshLiterary.com.


Amy Cloughley, Guest Agent 2019

Literary Agent: Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Amy came to the agency in 2013 with a background in editing, writing, and marketing. You can find her coaching writers via a Writer’s Digest course designed to help authors craft and strengthen their submission materials. She represents literary and commercial fiction and has a special interest in mystery/suspense, near historical, and upmarket women’s fiction. She also seeks narrative nonfiction projects. You can find her on Twitter @amycloughley. KimberleyCameron.com.


Andrea Morrison, Guest Agent 2019

Literary Agent: Writers House

Andrea started at Writers House as an intern in 2009. She’s worked with bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators from picture books to middle grade and YA to adult literary fiction and nonfiction. Having studied Literature/Writing at University of California, San Diego and having earned her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, Andrea is hands-on editorially. She’s particularly excited about adult fiction that blends gorgeous sentence-level writing with stories featuring younger protagonists. She’s looking for characters that need to be heard—for stories that grab your heart and don’t let it go, even after they’re finished. You can find her on Twitter @AndreaAgency. Andrea represents our Author-in-Residence, Aja Gabel. WritersHouse.com.