Ayla Zuraw-Friedland

Frances Goldin Literary Agency

Ayla Zuraw-Friedland joined the Frances Goldin Literary Agency in 2022 after starting her agenting career at The David Black Agency in 2019. Previously, she worked as an editorial assistant and assistant editor at Beacon Press in Boston, and as a development editor for encyclopedias at Oxford University Press. She received her BA in English and Creative Writing from Connecticut College in 2015, and her writing can be found or is forthcoming in GAY the Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and The Cape Cod Poetry Review. She is interested in literary fiction and nonfiction that inspect big questions about queer identity, class, community, and art & technology through a personal lens, as well as poetry and a limited number of graphic or hybrid projects. A few of her favorite contemporary writers are Carmen Maria Machado, Kristen Arnett, Hanif Abdurraqib, Helen Oyeyemi, Daniel M. Lavery, Raven Leilani, Candice Carty-Williams, Alexander Chee, Akwaeke Emezi, Rivka Galchen, Becky Cooper, and Venita Blackburn. Her current clients include Jamie Hood (HOW TO BE A GOOD GIRL, Grieveland 2020), Samantha Bresnahan (IN THE BLOOD, FLOWERS BLOOM, PublicAffairs 2024), Haley Jakobson (OLD ENOUGH, Dutton 2023), James Frankie Thomas (IDLEWILD, Overlook 2024), Yael Malka & Coco Romack (QUEER DANCE, Chronicle Books 2024), Kyle Turner, Ross Showalter, Aimee Keeble, Margaret Lee, Sarah Hartshorne, and others.

Subject Focus

Fiction: Debut
Fiction: General/Other Fiction
Fiction: Literary
NF: History/Politics/Current Affairs
NF: Humor
NF: Illustrated/Art
NF: Memoir
NF: Narrative
NF: Pop Culture

Experience

3 in Agenting, 7 in publishing as a whole

Years of Industry Experience

2022

Member Since

Submission Requirements

How to successfully present your work

Via email. For fiction, memoir, essays, or narrative nonfiction, please send a query letter and the first 10-15 pages in the body of your email. For all other nonfiction (e.g. history, biography, technology, etc.), please send a query letter. If you have a proposal prepared, please send it as an attachment. Word is preferred but not required.