S307. Match Game: How to Find and Work With Your Agent

Oregon Ballroom 203, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


When should you seek representation? What's a query letter? And what exactly do people mean when they say "your agent works for you"? Recently agented panelists explain how they secured representation for their work and how they've developed their author-agent relationship in the time since. They offer actionable advice for getting past the gatekeepers, whether you're stuck in the slush pile, seeing daily solicitations in your inbox, or partnering with your agent in approaching publishers.


Julia Phillips's debut novel, Disappearing Earth, is forthcoming this summer. Her fiction appears in Glimmer Train and the Antioch Review, while her nonfiction appears in the Atlantic, Slate, and BuzzFeed News. Her writing has been supported by a Yaddo residency and a Fulbright grant.

Patricia Park is the author of the novel RE JANE. A former Fulbright scholar and Center for Fiction fellow, she has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, Salon, and others. She is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at American University.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine's forthcoming story collection, Sabrina & Corina, and novel, Woman of Light, chronicles the lives of Chicanas in the Southwest. Kali has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and Hedgebrook. She has an MFA from the University of Wyoming.

Naseem Jamnia is a nonbinary Muslim freelance writer and editor and former scientist. They received their AB. from the University of Chicago and MS from DePaul University, both in the biological sciences, and are a student at University of Nevada, Reno's MFA program in fiction.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is a recipient of an Iowa Review Award in fiction. His work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, Kenyon Review, and Massachusetts Review. His debut novel, We Cast A Shadow, is forthcoming.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center