We believe advancing the publishing industry must include attracting and cultivating a truly diverse workforce while also enhancing fair and equitable treatment, access, and advancement within the industry.
Literary Agents of Change, the nonprofit born out of American Association of Literary Agents' (AALA) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, was formed to help dismantle the barriers to entry into a career as a literary agent for members of historically underrepresented groups, particularly people of color while recognizing the systems of overlapping oppressions in regard to race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and ability.
Literary Agents of Change offers a Fellowship Program to encourage recruitment into the profession, and a Mentorship Program focused on the retention and promotion of agents belonging to historically underrepresented groups.
From time to time, we also facilitate educational programming for AALA members, such as workshops on antiracism and overcoming bias, and we hope to expand these offerings in the coming years.
Martha Witt, Internship Coordinator, William Patterson Univ