SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Faculty

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Natalie Lakosil
Bradford Literary Agency

Natalie is an agent at Bradford Literary Agency. Her specialties are all genres of children’s literature (fiction and nonfiction), adult cozy mystery/crime, and upmarket women’s/general fiction. She also represents illustrators. Her interests in novels include historical, multi-cultural, ownvoices, magical realism, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, horror, and in picture books, short-texted, emotionally-resonant, quirky or character-driven. She looks for unique perspectives and fresh ideas in nonfiction.

 

 

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Taylor Martindale Kean
Full Circle Literary

Taylor Martindale Kean is a literary agent with Full Circle Literary, actively acquiring fiction and non-fiction projects. She is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where she studied English and Hispanic Studies. Taylor actively looking for fresh, entertaining, and compelling projects in young adult, middle grade, and picture books. She is interested in finding unique and unforgettable voices in magical realism, contemporary, fantasy, and historical novels — books that demand to be read. More than anything, Taylor is looking for diverse, character-driven stories that bring their worlds vividly to life, voices that are honest, original and interesting. Clients include: Emery Lord, Aisha Saeed, Anna-Marie McLemore, Diana Rodriguez Wallach, Nayani Jensen, Tirzah Price, and more. When not working, Taylor can be found traveling, cooking, spending time with loved ones, or (surprise!) lost in a good book.

 

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Lauren Spieller
Triada US Literary Agency

Associate Literary Agent Lauren Spieller comes to TriadaUS with a background in literary scouting and editorial consulting. She has a sharp editorial eye, and is passionate about author advocacy. Lauren is seeking Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult fiction, as well as select Adult fiction and non-fiction. Whatever the age category or genre, Lauren is passionate about finding diverse and underrepresented voices.

 

 

 

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Ashley Hearn
Page Street Publishing

Prior to joining Page Street, she worked as a sports producer and an editorial assistant at Entangled Publishing. She is an addictive coffee drinker, a Gilmore Girls fanatic, and a proud Gryffindor. In general, she’s drawn to high concept stories with a unique twist and an unforgettable voice. She’s especially interested in fantasy, horror, paranormal, magical realism, quirky contemporary, romance, and historicals—with a special affinity for atmospheric stories that offer a strong sense of place and time. Anything “Southern” and/or “sporty” is her kryptonite. And in all genres, she’s actively seeking inclusive stories and diverse voices.