Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency

Who We Are

Jennifer Lyons, Owner & President

Jennifer Lyons was a senior agent for sixteen years before she decided to open up her own literary agency. She represents numerous award-winning authors. The awards her clients have received include the Nobel Prize, The Pulitzer for both Fiction and Nonfiction, the National Book Award for both Fiction and Nonfiction, PEN Literary Awards, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Coretta Scott King Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, The Koret Award, The Lambda, and many others. Jennifer has attended the Frankfurt Book Fair sixteen times and has also visited the Jerusalem and London Book Fairs. Jennifer is a contributing editor to the literary journal Fiction and the author of THE BUSINESS OF WRITING (Allworth Press, 2012), and she regularly teaches the business of writing based on her own book.

Although Jennifer prefers hard copy submissions, email submissions intended for Jennifer should go to jenniferlyonsagency (at) gmail (dot) com.

Jeff Ourvan, Agent

Jeff Ourvan, an attorney, published author and writing instructor, is a literary agent with the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. His interests are varied: he represents nonfiction works, especially narrative nonfiction, histories, biographies, science, food and sports. He also represents fiction writers, particularly in the young adult, thriller and romance categories. Jeff heads the Agency’s book-to-film efforts, and he is the founder of The WriteWorkshop, an intensive writing workshop for New York-area writers. His most recently authored work is THE STAR-SPANGLED BUDDHIST (Skyhorse).

Submissions intended for Jeff should go to jeff (at) jenniferlyonsliteraryagency (dot) com.

Pamela Malpas, Agent

Pamela Malpas has spent more than two decades in publishing; before joining the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, she was an agent with Harold Ober Associates, and prior to that, with Knox Burger Associates. She has worked with winners of the Stella Prize, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel, PEN/New England, PEN/West, and Ippy awards. Pamela represents work in several categories of fiction and narrative nonfiction. AAR member.

Queries for Pamela Malpas should be directed to pamela (at) jenniferlyonsliteraryagency (dot) com.

Daisy Glasgow

Daisy is a graduate of Rutgers University and has a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Political Science. After graduating, she went on to attend the New York University Summer Publishing Institute and soon after was a Publicity Assitant at Random House Children’s Books. She has a particular interest in Romance, YA, and Mystery Thrillers and is also on the team at Brooklyn based Books Are Magic!

Kristine Esser Slentz, Intern

Kristine Esser Slentz is an experimental poet from northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area. Kristine is a Purdue University alum who double-majored in English literature and creative writing. After earning her undergraduate degree, she worked in the digital marketing field for seven years to marry her experience in both writing and advertising. Currently, Kristine is earning her MFA in creative writing (poetry) at City College of New York (CCNY). She is the Assistant Editor for the online poetry publication and press Unfold Magazine and Folded Word. She is also the Outreach Coordinator for the poet’s community The Speakeasy Project and an organizer in CCNY’s MFA reading series. Some places her poetry has appeared in include Yes PoetryMoonchild Magazine, and Flying Island Journal where she was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. 

Sonja Killebrew, Intern

Sonja Killebrew is a writer and a teacher. Current MFA candidate at The City College of New York, she currently teaches writing to college freshmen at City College. As a ghostwriter, she has written eleven novels for independent publishers. Killebrew received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature from Smith College and her master’s degree in education from Walden University. She taught English in China and The Dominican Republic and Spanish in Georgia, New Jersey, and New York. She is a previous freelance writer for The Fabulous Report. A Queens native, Sonja enjoys cat-sitting, practicing hot yoga, and eating Caribbean food, when she is not reading, writing, or binge-watching true-crime tv.