Wilkes University

Outside Readers and Consultants

Industry feedback is an incredible benefit to aspiring writers. That's why at Wilkes, each creative thesis is read and evaluated by an agent, editor, publisher or producer in the field. 

Our outside readers will provide detailed notes about your work and review their feedback during a one-on-one meeting. While this list constantly changes, the following professionals regularly participate:

 

Ibrahim Ahmad is the senior editor at Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent publishing company. He is the co-founder of Brooklyn Wordsmiths, an editorial and consulting program, and is a regular participant evaluating student work in the Wilkes Creative Writing program.

Albert LaFarge, Ph.D., founded the Albert LaFarge Literary Agency in Boston in 2003. He earlier worked as a book editor at Random House, Henry Holt, and Harcourt, and as deputy editor of DoubleTake magazine. He is the editor of The Essential William H. Whyte and, with Robert Coles, Minding the Store: Great Writing About Business, From Tolstoy to Now.

Michael Mailer is the founder of Michael Mailer Films, which produces both independent, character-driven films and larger, concept-oriented studio pictures. Productions include Seduced and Abandoned, A Little Game, Beginner's Guide to Sex, Friends and Romans, A Tourist Showing Roots, Kettle of Fish, The Golden Boys, Blood and Bone, The Ledge and a remake of Hitchcock's The Lodger.

Robert May, founder of SenArt Films, is a producer of independent films. His productions have collectively garnered over 40 awards including the Oscar®, Bafta, Independent Sprit Awards and Human Rights Award. May produced The Station Agent, The Fog of War, Stevie, The War Tapes and Bonneville. He also directed the documentary Kids for Cash. May's projects have been distributed by Miramax, Sony, Lions Gate, 20th Century Fox and Comcast/Universal.

M. Kilburg Reedy is a member of the law firm Feldman, Golinski, Reedy + Senouf, PLLC, where she focuses on all aspects of general entertainment law and intellectual property, with a focus on theater and film contracts and financing. She's also an award-winning theatrical producer whose works include Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Peter and the Starcatcher, and The Pee-Wee Herman Show.
Molly Reese is an associate agent at Thompson Literary Agency, where she looks for narrative nonfiction, memoir, cookbooks, and literary fiction. She graduated from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU where she studied French, Italian, and literary translation.
Melissa Sarver White is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management. She represents literary and commercial adult fiction, YA fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, cookbooks and food writing, and business books. A graduate of Boston University, Melissa was previously an agent at The Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency.
Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. He won the 2013 Ellery Queen Award and the American Association of Publishers' 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing. Temple is the editor of the anthology USA Noir, which was selected as a New York Times Editors' Choice.
Meg Thompson is the co-director of Einstein Thompson Agency, (formerly LJK Literary Management). She is interested in memoir, narrative non-fiction, pop science and psychology, health, new media projects, cookbooks, and books on popular culture and humor. She started in publishing in 2002 working for President Bill Clinton on his memoir, My Life.
Chris Tomasino has been an agent since 1975. Her clients have ranged from Civil War historian and novelist Shelby Foote to Yankee baseball manager Joe Torre. Having started her own boutique-sized agency in 2000, she is best known for representing popular non-fiction books, particularly in the areas of health, memoir, self-help and women's issues.
Veronica Windholz is an editor, book doctor, and writer. Currently on staff at Viking Penguin, Veronica Windholz has been a manuscript editor of fiction and nonfiction for more than thirty years, working with Norman Mailer, E. L. Doctorow, Peter Sís, Keith Gessen, Salman Rushdie, Azar Nafisi, and Curtis Sittenfeld, among others.
 


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