Erin Hosier, Daniel Jones, Rakesh Satyal, and Rob Spillman
Moderated by Susan Shapiro
Erin Hosier has been a literary agent since 2001, formerly at The Gernert Company before moving to Dunow, Carlson & Lerner in 2007. She primarily works with nonfiction authors and has a special interest in popular culture, music biography, humor, women's issues and memoir.
Daniel Jones has edited the Modern Love column in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times since its inception in October 2004. His books include two essay anthologies, Modern Love and The Bastard on the Couch, and a novel, After Lucy, which was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. Rakesh Satyal is the author of the Lamda Literary Award-winning debut novel Blue Boy. His latest novel is No One Can Pronounce My Name (Picador, 2017).
Rakesh Satyal is a Senior Editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. He held previous positions at Doubleday and HarperCollins and spent three years working as a naming specialist in the world of branding. He has sat on the advisory board for the annual PEN World Voices Festival and has taught in the publishing program at New York University. He is the author of the novels Blue Boy and No One Can Pronounce My Name, the latter of which will be published by Picador USA in 2017.
Rob Spillman is Editor and co-founder of Tin House, a twenty-year-old bi-coastal (Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon) literary magazine. He is the 2017 recipient of the CLMP Energizer Award for Exceptional Acts of Literary Citizenship, the 2015 PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing as well as the 2015 VIDO Award from VIDA. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Guernica, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue, among other magazines, newspapers, and essay collections. His memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, was published by Grove Press in 2016.
Susan Shapiro, an award-winning writing professor, freelances for the NY Times, NY Magazine, WSJ, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Elle & Oprah.com. She's the bestselling author/coauthor of 12 books her family hates including Five Men Who Broke My Heart, Lighting Up, Unhooked, The Bosnia List & the new inspiring writing guide The Byline Bible. She and her husband, a scriptwriter, live in Greenwich Village, where she teaches her popular "instant gratification takes too long" classes at The New School, NYU and in private workshops & seminars. Follow her on Twitter at @susanshapironet, Instagram at @Profsue123 or email ProfSue123@gmail.com.