Jacqui Lipton is a Senior Literary Agent and Head of the Adult Department at Tobias Literary Agency.
Jacqui represents fiction and nonfiction across most genres and age groups from children’s books through adult fiction and nonfiction. She also represents illustrators selectively. She is not currently seeking high fantasy, and considers science-fiction selectively. Children’s stories with animal protagonists are not the best fit for her.
Please follow Jacqui’s submission guidelines at http://QueryMe.Online/JacquiLipton.
Sidura Ludwig Sidura Ludwig grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has wanted to be a writer since she could hold a pen. She graduated with her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2021. Sidura’s collection of short fiction, You Are Not What We Expected, is published in Canada and the US by House of Anansi Press (2020) and won the 2021 Vine Award for Fiction. Her debut picture book, Rising, is coming out with Candlewick Press spring 2024. She lives in Thornhill, ON with her husband, three kids and one lazy dog.
Susan Calvillo is a Chinese/Mexican-American mother of twins. She’s the author of the poetry collection Excerpts From My Grocery List. Her writing appears in Nightmare, Zyzzyva, New American Writing, and other charming magazines. When she isn’t reading, writing, or chasing her little wild ones, she loves listening to music that’s considered “noise,” obsessing over sweets, and planting succulents.
Kaelyn Christian is a young adult author and children’s librarian living in West Michigan. Growing up, Kaelyn moved all over the country with her parents. By the time she started 6th grade, she had lived in 11 different cities! Telling stories was something she could do anywhere and everywhere, especially if she hadn’t yet made new friends in her new town. Telling stories very quickly turned into writing books.
Katy Mayfair is an Australian author of adult contemporary fiction. She’s an avid reader, plus a movie buff – so don’t get stuck watching a book-turned-movie with her unless you can tolerate obnoxious whispering about all the ways the book was different. Katy lives in Perth, Australia with a Welshman and two tiny and adorable humans, and she spends her days writing stories, managing digital projects and drinking a worrying amount of tea.
Russell Cobb is a writer, broadcaster, and instructor at the University of Alberta, where he is Associate Professor in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies and Adjunct in Creative Writing. His study of the silenced histories of the American Heartland was published in winter 2020 under the title The Great Oklahoma Swindle: Race, Religion, and Lies in America’s Weirdest State, which subsequently won a Director’s Special Merit Award from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
His nonfiction has appeared in Slate, NPR, The New York Times, and The Nation, among other places. The Netflix film “Come Sunday” is based on his story “Heretics” for This American Life. His scholarly work includes the edited collection, The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized World, as well as numerous articles on cultural production in the Greater Caribbean. His new book, The Ghosts of Crook County, tells the story of Tommy Atkins, a mythical boy whose land led to the creation of a massive oil fortune. Cobb traces a fraud back to the source, unearthing an untold–and dark side–to one of America’s great oil bonanzas. As a descendant of an oilman himself, Cobb mixes the historical and the personal in a true-crime story that touches on race, land tenure, and natural resources.
Tziporah (Tzippy) Cohen was born and raised in New York, spent eighteen years in Boston after college, and then landed in Toronto, Canada, where she lives with her husband, three kids, two cats, and one dog. About ten years after getting an MD from Harvard Medical School, she started writing picture books, and went on to get an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Tziporah’s middle grade novel, No Vacancy (Groundwood, 2020), won a Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor (Silver Medal) and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Her debut picture book, On the Corner of Chocolate Avenue: How Milton Hershey Brought Milk Chocolate to America, will be published by Clarion in Fall 2022.
Marianne Murphy is a writer and illustrator living in Pennsylvania and supporting two mysterious orange cats. She has taught writing and art workshops for over a decade, and currently develops content for educational software. Her work has appeared in publications such as Highlights Magazine, LADYBUG Magazine, CICADA Magazine, and SPIDER Magazine. She holds a BFA in Animation from University of the Arts, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Art Coulson is a writer of Cherokee, English and Dutch descent. He is the author of more than a dozen books, graphic novels and plays, including the middle grade novel, Chasing Bigfoot, The Reluctant Storyteller, and Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi! The Reluctant Storyteller was named a best book of 2020 by Bank Street and American Indians in Children’s Literature. Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi! was named a best STEM children’s book by the National Science Teaching Association in 2021 and featured on the inaugural broadcast of Reading Rainbow Live!
Melissa H. Mwai (she/her) is an Afro-Latinx author/illustrator. She is the author of STACEY ABRAMS (National Geographic Kids ‘22). Her middle initial stands for Hernández, representing her Afro-Puerto Rican heritage. Melissa wants underrepresented kids see themselves in her stories full of big adventures to small surprises.
She studied English, Library Science, and worked in education. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two kids, and bunny.
Sharon Darrow is the award-winning author of picture books (Old Thunder and Miss Raney; Yafi’s Family; Through the Tempests Dark and Wild: A Story of Mary Shelley, Creator of Frankenstein) and young adult novels (The Painters of Lexieville and TRASH). Her poetry for young people and her poems, short stories, interviews, and personal essays for adults have appeared in literary journals and anthologies. Her most recent works are Worlds within Words: Writing and the Writing Life and her first poetry collection for adults, Now in a Far Sky.
Nicole Neidhardt is Diné (Navajo) of Kiiyaa’áanii Clan on her mother’s side and a blend of European ancestry on her father’s side. She is an artist and illustrator whose Diné identity is the heart of her practice. She has a BFA from the University of Victoria and an MFA from OCAD University. She has a multi-disciplinary arts practice and has been loving working in the field of children’s book illustration. She has illustrated When We Are Kind, written by Monique Gray Smith; the cover of Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith; and the fall 2022 release of the YA Adaptation of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, adapted by Monique Gray Smith.
Stephanie Gibeault took many detours on her way to writing middle grade and picture books. After debating whether to study music or science, she earned a Bachelor of Science at Western University and a Master of Science in animal behavior at York University. Her first career as a biologist had her swarmed by marmoset monkeys and grumbled at by gorillas. Later, she combined her academic background with her love of dogs and became a certified professional dog trainer. Now, as a freelance writer, she’s passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for animals and science with others.
Jena Pincott is a science writer and the author of eight books, including Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy and Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes: The Science of Love, Sex & Attraction. Her titles have received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and Library Journal and have been translated in 18 languages. A writer with a background in biology, she has contributes to Psychology Today, Scientific American, and other publications.
Monique Gray Smith is a proud mom and of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish ancestry. She is an award-winning, and best-selling author of both children’s books and adult novels. Her works include My Heart Fills with Happiness, You Hold Me Up, Tilly and the Crazy Eights and the Fall 2020 release, When We Are Kind. Monique is well-known for her storytelling and spirit of generosity, and believes love is medicine. She is blessed to live with her family on the traditional territory of the WSÁNEĆ people, also known as Victoria, Canada.
Thushanthi Ponweera is an author and poet from Sri Lanka. Her debut middle-grade verse novel I am Kavi is forthcoming from Holiday House in 2023. She is a former We Need Diverse Books mentee and a blogger for the same organization. Her writing reflects the frustration she feels at the inequality and injustice she sees around her, and also the deep love she feels for her island home.
Stefanie Hohl loves to write books for kids! She is the author of The Remember Tree, Where is the Star?, and the ABC See, Hear, Do series. She is passionate about discovering better methods for teaching young children and is the founder of Playful Learning Press, a publishing company focused on teaching children through movement. Stefanie has a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
C.J. (Chang) Hong is a children’s writer with a passion for promoting literacy. With her stories, she hopes to help foster a love of reading in children. Picture books are her favorite genre for writing, and she was a finalist in that category in the 2019 Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) Writing for Children Competition. Her debut picture book, FLOOF VISITS EARTH (Kids Can Press), is landing on shelves in spring 2024.
Marcie Rendon was named to Oprah Magazine’s 2020 list of 31 Native American Authors to read, Marcie is also a recipient of the 2020 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award and the 50over50 MN AAARP & Pollen Award 2019.
Marcie is the author of the Cash Blackbear series (Soho Press). The second book in the series, Girl Gone Missing, was nominated for the Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award at the Edgars in 2020. Murder on the Red River, the first in the series, received the Pinckley Women’s Debut Crime Novel Award 2018 and the Western Writers of America Spur Award Finalist 2018 Contemporary Novel category. Marcie has non-fiction children’s books and four plays published. Her script, Sweet Revenge has been chosen to be performed as a staged reading in the Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Company’s 2020 New Native American Play Festival. The creative mind of Raving Native Theater, she curated TwinCities Public Television’s Art Is CreativeNativeResilience 2019. Diego Vazquez and Rendon received the Loft’s 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for work with incarcerated women.
Risa Hugo was the middle child born in suburb of Japan to a Canadian father and Japanese mother. Growing up she spent time living in both countries and for this reason she was confused about where she belonged. She found comfort reading and drawing whenever she could. Many of her illustrations come from a very personal place and she uses them to voice her feelings. For a long time, Risa has found inspiration in classic stories like Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein. To Risa, these stories reflect the essence of what it means to be human. Eventually, Risa found her place in the world of picture books; she hopes her illustrations and story will also help others find comfort in their lives. After receiving a BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University, Risa lived in the Netherlands for a year admiring its rich history and windmills. She currently lives in Vancouver with her husband and two sons. She enjoys her quiet times at home knitting and washing dishes but hates folding laundry. Risa still thinks the world can be a confusing place, but that’s what makes it so fun.
Monica Roe grew up in an Appalachian farming community and spent her childhood haunting the local library, where she was once almost locked in at closing time (she saw this as a huge win; the librarian disagreed). She has worked for over a decade as a pediatric physical therapy consultant for off-road Alaskan communities and is a researcher and advocate for the social model of disability and inclusive rural health. A first-generation graduate, Monica currently studies public health at the University of Alaska Anchorage, focusing on disability-inclusive disaster preparedness for rural communities threatened by climate change. When not in Alaska, Monica and her family can be found in rural South Carolina, where they raise honeybees and sometimes get stung.
P. J. (Tricia) Hoover wanted to be a Jedi, but when that didn’t work out, she became an electrical engineer instead. After a fifteen year bout designing computer chips for a living, P. J. started creating worlds of her own. She’s the award-winning author of The Hidden Code, a Da Vinci Code-style young adult adventure with a kick-butt heroine, and Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, featuring a fourteen-year-old King Tut who’s stuck in middle school.
Sarah Rosenthal is a writer and educator whose work has been featured or is forthcoming in Bitch Magazine, The Sun , GEN Mag, Creative Nonfiction, Gay Mag, LitHub, Electric Lit, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Pigeon Pages, CrimeReads, Columbia Journal, and beyond.
Based on her own experience with anxiety and panic disorder, Rosenthal’s work is primarily concerned with questions of anxiety as it manifests in American history, culture, and language. She is also working on a novel set in a rape crisis center, in which a group of social workers must aid a survivor of assault whose case threatens their future. In addition to her work as a writer, she has taught writing at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York University, Bard College, and Columbia University. She earned her M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University School of the Arts and her B.A. in Written Arts from Bard College. She lives in Brooklyn.
After earning a BA in music from Fordham University in New York, Sara Ingle moved to Boston in 2012. Having written all their life, they decided to take their writing seriously and went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from VCFA in 2016. Sara still lives in Boston with their two cats and their best friend and while they don’t do much with their music degree, you can still find them playing cello. They run a yarn and bead store in Boston’s SoWa district where they spends their days knitting and rearranging piles of yarn. When they’re not knitting, Sara writes books for young adults and the occasional romance.
Sammi Spizziri writes YA contemporary from a small town in Illinois. She grew up in Ohio, where she earned a business degree from Bowling Green State University and became a CPA. While the Midwest feels like home, she has enjoyed studying abroad in Spain and interning at a record label in Nashville and continues to love exploring new places. When she’s not lost in writing (or reading) a new book, she’s a stay-at-home mom who may enjoy library story time more than her kids. Love stories, rec league volleyball, and chai lattes are a few of her favorite things
Robin Kirk‘s nonfiction book for kids, Righting Wrongs: 20 Human Rights Heroes around the World, is available from Chicago Review Press. The Bond Trilogy–The Bond, The Hive Queen, and The Mother’s Wheel–is a young adult epic fantasy. Kirk’s short story, “Love is a Wild Creature,” is included in Wicked South. Her travel essay on Belfast was featured in the Best American Travel Writing 2012 edited by William T. Vollman. Her poem, “Imperator Furiosa posts a status update,” is included in the 2017 Nasty Women Poets Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press). Kirk has also published two non-fiction books for adults. She teaches human rights at Duke University.
Ryan Bani Tahmaseb is the library director at a K-8 school. He has master’s degrees in education and English literature. His debut picture book, Rostam’s Picture-Day Pusteen, will be published by Charlesbridge in summer 2024, and his first professional book for educators, The 21st Century School Library, was published in 2021 by John Catt Educational. His writing has also appeared in print and online publications such as Education Week, Edutopia, and the Carolina Quarterly. He lives in Greater Boston with his wife and two young children.
Kim Liao is an author of creative nonfiction, fiction, and criticism. She was a 2010-2011 Fulbright Creative Writing Research Scholar in Taiwan, and received writing grants from Harvard and Stanford universities. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Catapult, Salon, The Rumpus, Lit Hub, McSweeney’s, The Millions, River Teeth, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Fourth River, Hippocampus, Fringe Magazine, and others, and she’s received residencies from Ragdale, Hambidge, Jentel, the Anderson Center, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her 2016 essay in Lit Hub about collecting 100 rejections a year went viral–starting the #100rejections challenge–and led to her being dubbed a “Rejection Expert,” a title she wears with a healthy dose of irony. She is a Writing Lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she co-directs the Writing Across the Curriculum Program.