Featured Editors for

the 2017 Agents & Editors Conference

(check back regularly for updates!)


The 2017 Agents & Editors Conference will include the following editorial representatives from publishing companies, with more to be added in the coming days.

To date, the following editors have confirmed:

Caroline Casey,
Coffee House Press

Will Evans, Cinestate

Amy Gash, Algonquin Books

Tatiana Ryckman, Awst Press

Daniel Smetanka, Counterpoint Press

Gabriela Baeza Ventura, Arte Público Press 



Caroline Casey, Managing Director, Coffee House Press

Caroline Casey is Managing Director at Coffee House Press. She has a background in marketing, publicity, and acquisitions, including stints at Sarabande Books and Stanford University Press, and holds an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.


This editor will recommend un-agented manuscripts from the conference to her publisher.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary

Nonfiction: Essays


Will Evans, Co-founder and Director, Cinestate

Will Evans is president and co-founder of Cinestate, an entertainment studio established in 2016 with the film producer Dallas Sonnier, combining book publishing, film production, and audio experiences. In 2013, Evans founded Deep Vellum Publishing, a nonprofit literary publisher dedicated to translating the world’s best novels into English. Evans also co-founded Deep Vellum Books in early 2016, a brick-and-mortar bookstore and cultural community center in Dallas’s historic Deep Ellum neighborhood. Prior to his career in publishing, Evans worked for five years in the music industry on tour and in Los Angeles before becoming a talent buyer for Austin’s iconic music venue, Emo’s. Evans graduated from Emory University with degrees in History and Russian Literature, and received a Master’s degree in Russian Culture from Duke University. His translation of Oleg Kashin’s political satire novel Fardwor, Russia! A Fantastical Tale of Life Under Putin, was published by Restless Books in 2016. To read an interview with Will, click here.


This editor will accept un-agented manuscripts from the conference.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Mystery/Suspense, Thrillers, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Short Fiction, Horror, Action/Adventure

Nonfiction: True Crime

Amy Gash, Senior Editor, Algonquin Books

Amy Gash is a Senior Editor in the New York office of Algonquin Books, where she acquires literary fiction and narrative nonfiction on topics ranging from from science, education, humor, graphic memoir, history, and language. Books she has edited have won The National Book Critics Circle Award, The American Library Association Sophie Brody Medal, and The Sami Rohr Prize. They have been New York Times bestsellers, Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times bestsellers, #1 Indie Picks, Top Ten Amazon Books of the Year, and New York Times Notable Books. They have been published in translation throughout the world.


This editor will accept un-agented manuscripts from the conference.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Women's, Thrillers, Historical

Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays

Tatiana Ryckman, Editor-in-Chief, Awst Press

Tatiana Ryckman is the Editor-in-Chief of Awst Press, an Assistant Editor with sunnyoutside, and former Managing Editor at The Austin Review. She has worked with award-winning authors including James Tate, Sheila Heti, and Micheline Aharonian Marcom. Tatiana is a hands-on editor who works closely with authors to create the best possible version of their manuscript. Tatiana has been a writer in residence at Yaddo and her novella, I Don't Think of You (Until I Do), is forthcoming from Future Tense Press. To read an interview with Tatiana, click here.


This editor will accept un-agented manuscripts from the conference.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Short Fiction, Poetry, Graphic Novels

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Pop Culture, Essays


Daniel Smetanka, Executive Editor, Counterpoint Press

Daniel Smetanka has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty-five years. As an Executive Editor at Ballantine/Random House, Inc., he acquired award-winning books including The Speed of Light by Elizabeth Rosner, Down to the Soundless Sea by Thomas Steinbeck, and Among the Missing by Dan Chaon, a 2001 Finalist for the National Book Award. He is currently Vice President, Executive Editor for Counterpoint Press. He acquires both fiction and nonfiction, and his projects include works by Dana Johnson, Abby Geni, Tod Goldberg, Natashia Deon, and Karen E. Bender, a 2015 Finalist for the National Book Award. To read an interview with Daniel, click here.


This editor accepts only agented manuscripts.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Mystery/Suspense, Short Fiction

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Essays



Gabriela Baeza Ventura, Executive Editor, Arte Público Press

Gabriela Baeza Ventura is associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston, where she is executive editor of Arte Público Press (APP). APP is the premier publishing house for Latinos in the United States. She is the author of La imagen de la mujer en la crónica del “México de Afuera” and editor of the anthology US Latino Literature Today (Longman Press, 2007). Arte Público Press exclusively publishes Hispanic authors.

This editor accepts un-agented manuscripts.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Women's, Mystery/Suspense, Thrillers, Romance, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Short Fiction, Latino Authors, Spanish Language

Nonfiction: History, US Latino Civil Rights

Children's: YA Fiction, YA Nonfiction, MG Fiction, MG Nonfiction, Picture Book, Early Reader