Sarah Khalil

Calligraph, LLC

Sarah represents serious nonfiction and memoir with a lens toward social, economic and environmental justice; anti-imperialist thought; pop/cultural criticism and histories; cross-cultural narratives; and writing from Caribbean, MENA, Muslim and LGBTQIA+ creators; all deeply explored by experts—academics, journalists, and those with lived experience. Radical thought, artful storytelling and propulsive narrative are the cornerstones of her taste. She is also seeking select fiction in the same space. Prior to Calligraph’s founding, Sarah was at Kneerim & Williams for four years, developing several of the agency’s best-selling and award-winning authors alongside Jill Kneerim and Katherine Flynn. She has worked at Beacon Press and the IP law firm Sennott, Williams, & Rogers. She holds an MA in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College and a BA in English Literature with a minor in History from the American University of Beirut. Sarah is the director of the agency’s internship program. She co-directs the AALA’s Literary Agents of Change Mentorship Program, which serves junior literary agents from underrepresented backgrounds. She has participated in panels and pitching roundtables with Harvard University, the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism, the Authors Guild, the Boston Book Festival, and the Gotham Writers Conference, among others.

Subject Focus

Fiction: General/Other Fiction
NF: Anthology
NF: Biography
NF: History/Politics/Current Affairs
NF: Memoir
NF: Narrative
NF: Pop Culture
NF: Science
NF: General/Other Non-Fiction



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