Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Savannah Brooks of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2018-11-15 at 1.03.06 PMSavannah Brooks is a literary agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.

Savannah joined the Jennifer De Chiara team after interning for a year and a half. She’s an MFA candidate at Hamline University focusing in creative nonfiction as well as an editor at Red Bird Chapbooks, a teaching artist at the Loft Literary Center, and a reader for multiple literary magazines. Her own creative work has been publishing in Hobart, Lime Hawk, and Every Writer’s Resource, among others. When not immersed in the world of words, she can be found on her bike, at a dive bar, or lounging at one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. She lives in the most beautiful literary capital: Saint Paul.

She is looking for:

“Books and collections that intrigue and entrap. I’d love to bring more nonfiction into this world, especially topic-driven books/essays such as those written by the likes of Mary Roach, Leslie Jamison, Michelle McNamara, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bill Bryson—anything that keeps my curious mind engaged and wanting more. I’m also interested in memoir that will inspire generations to come. H is for Hawk is a personal favorite—and I’m a sucker for humor, so long as it’s doing more than just making me laugh—see: Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood.

“For fiction, I’m interested in contemporary and literary fiction — novels/stories that are relevant to culture and focus on themes and issues that impact our daily lives. I would love to hear more from marginalized voices, regardless of whether or not marginalization is a central theme. Main players I follow: Lesley Nneka Arimah, Celeste Ng, Anthony Doerr, and Jesmyn Ward.

“For YA (all genres), I’m especially interested in books that focus on friendship, conflicting identity, and the theme of truth. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is an obvious but apt example that encapsulates all three. I’m also invested in representing the diverse world in which we live and would like to see that reflected in a cast of characters. Show me variations in race, sexuality, gender, dis/ability, and ethnicity without that difference being a point of contention, and I’ll be thrilled.”

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