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Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2017
Emma Patterson has been working at literary agencies for 15 years, first at The Wendy Weil Agency and currently at Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, where she has been since 2013. She grew up in New Jersey as an avid reader and daughter of a literary agent, then attended Kenyon College in Ohio and graduated with a degree in history. Her interests include fiction ranging from dark or funny voice-driven literary novels to upmarket women’s fiction, physiological suspense, and historical fiction; narrative non-fiction that includes memoir, journalism, and history; and young adult fiction and non-fiction along similar lines. Some recently published titles she has represented that illustrate her tastes are Adrienne Celt’s THE DAUGHTERS (Liveright), Kim Church’s BYRD (Dzanc Books), Sarah Cornwell’s WHAT I HAD BEFORE I HAD YOU (Harper), Eileen Cronin’s MERMAID (W.W. Norton), Hannah Gersen’s HOME FIELD (William Morrow), Gregg Herken’s THE GEORGETOWN SET (Knopf), James Morrow’s GALAPAGOS REGAINED (St. Martin’s), and Anne Riley’s PULL (Spencer Hill Press). She also proudly represents the New York Times-bestselling author Rita Mae Brown, the annual O. HENRY PRIZE STORIES (edited by Laura Furman), and Mark Helprin, author of the classic WINTER’S TALE.