About us

Union Literary is a full-service boutique agency specializing in literary fiction, popular fiction, narrative non-fiction, memoir, social history, business and general big idea books, popular science, cookbooks and food writing. We excel at project development, hands-on editing and placing our projects with domestic and foreign publishers, film and television companies.

Authors include: novelists Alyson Richman (The Velvet Hours); Kim Barnes (In The Kingdom of Men), Vanessa Diffenbaugh (New York Times bestselling The Language of Flowers, published in 40 countries), Jardine Libaire (White Fur), Kaylie Jones (A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, adapted into a Merchant-Ivory film), Geoff Nicholson (Booker finalist), Jenny Offill (Dept. of Speculation), Kristen Roupenian (You Know You Want This); Ellen Sussman (national bestselling French Lessons); memoirists Kate Braestrup (New York Times bestselling Here If You Need Me, optioned by CBS), Conor Grennan (New York Times bestselling Little Princes, published in 12 countries), Ashley Judd (New York Times bestselling All That is Bitter and Sweet), Michael Frank (The Mighty Franks); scientist John Marzluff (national bestselling The Gifts of the Crow); young adult and middle grade authors Steven Arntson (forthcoming The Trap), Jenny Lee (Elvis and the Underdogs); cookbook authors Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen (Pie: Four & Twenty Blackbirds), Maria Speck (Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, winner of multiple awards including IACP’s Julia Child Award); and the estates of Gracey Paley, Pamela Moore, James Jones and David Markson.


Trena Keating represents authors with bold voices, clever stories, and cutting-edge ideas, including novelists, journalists, and experts writing for a popular audience such as professors, doctors, and scientists. Her list is an eclectic balance of #1 NYT bestsellers and debuts. Prior to becoming an agent, Trena was Editor-in-Chief of Dutton, worked at HarperCollins and Stanford University Press, and has had the honor to work with esteemed writers like Tracy Chevalier, E. L. Doctorow, Toni Morrison, and Joyce Carol Oates, as well as estates from George Orwell to James Jones. Favorite authors recently read include Donna Tartt, Cheryl Strayed, Ann Patchett, Andrew Solomon, Jennifer Egan, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and Kate Atkinson. *Next, she hopes to find a literary novel set in an exotic place or time, a distinctly modern novel with a female protagonist, literary suspense, a memoir that addresses larger issues, nonfiction based on primary research or a unique niche, a great essayist, and any voicy writer who is a great storyteller or makes her laugh. You can contact her at: tk@unionliterary.com  (Trena is not taking on any genre thrillers, crime novels, mysteries, or romance novels at this time.)

Sally Wofford-Girand has worked with such luminaries as Salman Rushdie, Grace Paley, Kim Edwards, and Alice Hoffman as the foreign rights director at a boutique literary agency.  Her particular areas of interest are: history, memoir, women’s issues, cultural studies, and, most of all, fiction that is both literary and gripping. Favorite authors include Cormac McCarthy, Kate Atkinson, Jennifer Egan, Elizabeth Strout, Anne Patchett, John Green, Jose Saramago, and Wallace Stegner.  She is a hands-on agent with a passion for great storytelling. She loves the thrill of discovery in working with debut novelists.  Sally is on the board of AAR and a board member of Writers Omi, an international writers colony in New York State. You can contact her at swg@unionliterary.com

Jenni Ferrari-Adler is a long time agent at Union Literary. Her recent fiction sales include YOU KNOW YOU WANT THIS, Cat Person and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian, LET US NOT ASK FOR GOLD, a debut novel by Susie Yang, ARTIFICIAL, a graphic memoir by New Yorker cartoonist Amy Kurzweil, and AFTERMATH, a debut novel by Maria Adelmann. Jenni is particularly drawn to distinct voices, engaging storytelling, and insight into the human condition. Jenni represents the agency’s cookbook list, memoirs, narrative nonfiction, and other categories. She works closely with her clients on each step of the publishing process, and on their career as a whole, including handling film and television, foreign, and magazine sales. She is an editor, mediator, advocate, handholder, explainer, bad cop, good cop etc. etc. Born and raised in NYC, she holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan (where she studied under Peter Ho Davies, Eileen Pollack, Nancy Reisman, and Matthew Klam) and a BA in Creative Writing from Oberlin College (where she studied under Dan Chaon). She edited the foodwriting anthology ALONE IN THE KITCHEN WITH AN EGGPLANT: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone (Riverhead), and has published her own work in Glimmer Train, Bellevue Literary Review, New York Magazine, and Tin House. She has taught Fiction at the University of Michigan and the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and worked as a reader for The Paris Review and as a bookseller at Housing Works (where she met her husband). She lives in Brooklyn. Please contact her with your query and sample pages at jenni@unionliterary.com. She is on twitter @jenferrariadler

Christina Clifford is a recent addition to the Union Literary team, having worked for many years as an agent at Melanie Jackson Agency where she represented several award-winning authors and found US homes for the works of international authors.  A lifelong New Yorker and lover of the written word, Christina is looking for both seasoned authors and new voices in fiction and nonfiction.  She specializes in literary fiction and has a soft spot in her heart for international fiction hailing from the homeland of authors like William Trevor, Edna O’Brien, and Zadie Smith, not to mention Rohinton Mistry, Mario Vargas Llosa and J.M. Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer. She is also interested in continuing to build a narrative nonfiction list in the genres of historical biography, memoir, business, and science.  She has three children and lives in New York City. You can contact her at christina@unionliterary.com

Tina Pohlman has worked as an editor and publisher in New York for more than twenty years, most recently as EVP, Publisher at Open Road Integrated Media. She has acquired and edited a wide range of critically acclaimed and bestselling authors over the course of her career, including Colson Whitehead (The Intuitionist and John Henry Days), Patrick deWitt (Ablutions: Notes for a Novel), and Christine Schutt (All Souls) in fiction, and Temple Grandin (Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals) and Arika Okrent (In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius) in nonfiction. Favorite books she hasn't published in the past ten years include: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, Gregory Berns’s How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain, and Roxane Gay’s Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. Tina loves discovering distinctive new voices in fiction and memoir and is always on the lookout for academics in the fields of animal behavior and neuroscience who can write for a popular audience. She has often been described as a purist, and while she’s not exactly sure what people mean by that, she doesn’t particularly mind the label. You can contact her at tp@unionliterary.com  

Taylor Curtin is Union Literary's newest addition and is currently working on building her list. Taylor is interested in true crime, young and new-adult fiction (especially in the realms of sci-fi and fantasy—both high and low), as well as upmarket and literary fiction. For true crime she is looking for compelling stories that bring the drama and incorporate aspects of psychology, forensics, and/or the litigation process. Regarding fiction, she is a sucker for snappy, sarcastic characters with stories that ring (painfully) true while making the reader laugh, or even cry. Taylor is passionate about narratives that are diverse, culturally conscious, and socially aware (particularly for younger readers). She has an appetite for high-quality and evocative writing that transports the reader to unfamiliar places, or lends fresh eyes to a familiar place. She’s not afraid of edgier, grittier, or darker voices and stories and prefers the kid-gloves are off when handling young readers. Before finding her way to publishing, Taylor worked as a wardrobe stylist and a personal assistant, fetching red carpet gowns and coffee in one, semi-frenzied swoop (think: The Devil Wears Prada). While her professional experience runs the gamut, her love affair with books was given new life after an internship at Writers House, where she worked in the office of Susan Golomb. You can contact her at taylor@unionliterary.com