Leslie Shipman has spent 25 years promoting writers, and creating and managing literary events in New York City, from the National Book Awards Finalist Reading at the New School to Eat, Drink, and Be Literary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
She spent over a decade at the National Book Foundation, (which presents the National Book Award), where she was instrumental in creating events and programs such as 5 Under 35, a prize for promising young novelists, the National Book Awards After Party, Eat, Drink, and Be Literary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Innovations in Reading, a prize that promotes community organizations working at the grassroots level to encourage reading across constituencies, and BookUp, an afterschool program for middle school age students, as well as assembling awards juries. She consulted at PEN America, a leading advocate for free expression, and worked on the PEN Literary Awards, and the PEN World Voices Festival.
A poet with an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, her work can be found in the Kenyon Review, BOMB, Tinderbox, Mid-American Review, Cosmonauts Avenue and elsewhere. She serves on the Board of Alice James Books, and the advisory committee for PEN America’s Litcrawl NYC. She lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn with her partner, musician Paul Pimsler, and their dog Junie.
Emily Lundy, Intern
Emily Lundy is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh. She is majoring in Communication with a minor in creative writing and a digital media certificate. Emily is originally from Simsbury, Connecticut and aspires to graduate this spring and travel around Cuzco, Peru for the majority of the summer. Emily enjoys writing, music and film and ultimately would love to have a career that overlaps all three things
Zoe Dartley, Consultant
Zoe graduated from Skidmore College in 2016 with a BA in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. She then spent a year serving as an English Literature teacher in the South Bronx through AmeriCorps. Zoe recently completed an internship at StoryCorps, a national non-profit oral history and storytelling organization. She is passionate about the intersection of media and technology to promote inspired literary and artistic content, and is thrilled to be a part of the Shipman Agency team!