Melanie Figueroa

2023 Guest Literary Agent, Root Literary

Melanie is a literary agent at Root Literary, where she represents children’s literature and adult fiction. What she loves most about the job is the balance of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating with a masters in creative writing and book publishing from Portland State University, she worked in-house as an editorial project manager and freelance editor before joining the agency in 2018. Melanie was born and raised in Southern California in a multicultural, blended family, so she has a soft spot for books that shine a spotlight on the nuances of relationships and identity. When she’s not working, you can find her stress baking, watching something scary, or snuggling with her chocolate lab, Oakley.

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