Under the Volcano is pleased to offer a series of talks by leading agents as part of UTV 2021.

This series, held on Fridays immediately before our weekly Volcano Café, is for current master class participants only

and will feature opportunities for a lively Q & A as well as a brief pitch session by selected writers from the program.

Those interested in being considered for a pitch session will be asked to submit the first three pages of their book project, a one-page synopsis, a draft query letter and a bulleted “elevator pitch” that can be delivered in 30 seconds to a live audience.  Further details will be provided.



Reiko Davis has been an agent at DeFiore and Company since 2016, prior to which she was at Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency. She focuses on literary and upmarket fiction and narrative nonfiction, as well as YA literature. A graduate of Brown University and the Columbia Publishing Course, she grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and now lives in New York City. Her clients include UTV alumna Devi S. Laskar (winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Fiction for her debut novel, The Atlas of Red and Blues), Genevieve Plunkett (O. Henry Prize winner), Lucy Jane Bledsoe (ALA Stonewall Award winner and Lambda Literary Award finalist), YA author Lindsey Klingele, writing coach Alan Gelb, novelist Micah Perks, Netflix Last Chance U star Brittany Wagner, Shannon Sanders (PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize winner), and journalist Nancy A. Nichols.



Susan Golomb has been an agent of literary fiction and non-fiction for over 30 years. She founded the Susan Golomb Literary Agency in 1990 with Jonathan Franzen as her first client and joined Writers House in 2015. Her other authors include award winners and bestsellers such as William T. Vollmann, Rachel Kushner, Imbolo Mbue, Noah Hawley, Nell Zink, Glen David Gold, Janelle Brown, Thomas Mullen, Charles Graeber, Harry Dent, Yvon Chouinard, as well as Stephen Markley, Wayetu Moore, Lexi Freiman, Mira T. Lee, Angie Kim and more. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania.



Amy Williams is the founder of The Williams Company. She began her publishing career as an editorial assistant at Doubleday. A literary agent since 1996, she was a founding member of The Gernert Company, and a co-founder of the agency McCormick & Williams. She represents a wide range of critically acclaimed and best-selling authors, including Elizabeth Kostova, Alix Ohlin, Emily Raboteau, Owen King, Sarah Hepola, Judith Warner, and Jia Tolentino. Her interests include literary and historical fiction, experimental fiction, auto-fiction, narrative and practical non-fiction, memoir, and short stories.


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