Inkluded champions diversity in publishing by supporting like-minded organizations towards actualizing their missions and goals and, in doing so, encourages inclusivity amongst publishing professionals and readers of all ages.
Through our programming, we’ll not only facilitate actionable discourse and honest discussion regarding the lack of diversity in our business, but actively work to develop and place young people from diverse backgrounds into their first publishing jobs. Equally, by way of emboldening marginalized voices and making the literary community a more welcoming and aware space for all writers, readers, and industry professionals, Inkluded will continue to help advance like-minded organizations including We Need Diverse Books, The “I Have a Dream” Foundation, Kweli Journal, NJ LEEP, and Barbershop Books.
For more information on the work we did in 2017, please click here!
Our first reading of 2018 will be held on March 29th!
Please join us for an evening of good conversation and good company. We'll be congregating at Writers House (21. W 26th Street)
for refreshments and readings by Hafizah Geter, Ashley Lauren Rogers, and more.
Doors are at 6:30 PM with readings to follow shortly thereafter.
Optional Donation: New children's books (in english AND spanish!) featuring diverse characters
will be donated to New Alternatives for Children Inc.
To purchase a ticket, please donate $20 to DQT's paypal.
We are Inkluded.
Michael Mejias joined Writers House in 1998 and founded the Writers House Intern Program in the year 2000. An advocate for diversity in publishing, Michael regularly partners with non-profit organizations including We Need Diverse Books, Girls Write Now, LitWorld, and TEAK for the purpose of creating career opportunities for young people of color. He also regularly appears as a guest speaker at high schools and colleges. In March of 2016, Michael was selected by the Executive Director of the Cameroon American Council to lead their "Breaking Into Publishing" workshop. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Kweli, an online literary magazine dedicated to publishing writers from diverse backgrounds. Michael is also a playwright whose work has received readings, workshop productions, or full productions by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, the INTAR Hispanic American Theatre, the Spanish Repertory Theatre, and the New Federal Theatre. In 2009, Michael founded a 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization, the Dramatic Question Theatre (DQT), a playwright's company dedicated to developing and presenting the work of diverse background playwrights. DQT developed plays have received numerous national honors and have been nominated for the Drama Desk Award, Drama Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Lucile Lortell Award.
Andrea Morrison is a Junior Agent at Writers House, where she started as an intern and fell in love with Publishing. She studied Literature & Writing at University of California, San Diego, and earned her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. She's actively building her client list, with a focus on a wide range of genres. On the adult side, she’s particularly excited about fiction that blends gorgeous sentence-level writing with stories featuring younger protagonists, and heartbreakingly honest narrative nonfiction. On the children's side, she loves YA that blends crazy-beautiful language with characters navigating the nutty, magical, and hard parts of being a teen, quirky and humorous middle grade, and picture books that beg to be read over and over again. Most importantly, she falls for characters that need to be heard—for stories that grab your heart and don’t let it go, even after they’re finished. You can find her on Twitter: @AndreaAgency.
An Atlanta native, Alexandra took a circuitous route to publishing. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in neuroscience, and then, realizing her passion lay closer to books, she enrolled in New York University’s Master’s program in Publishing, Print and Digital Media, and will get her degree in May. Currently, she works as an editorial assistant at Penguin Random House in children’s publishing under the Delacorte imprint. Previous to joining Delacorte, she was a Summer 2016 intern at Writers House.
Natalie Guerrero is the assistant to Georges Borchardt at Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. She graduated from Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Arts and Communications. Natalie's passion for fostering diversity in the arts and publishing had always existed but was further developed when she interned at Writer's House in 2016. She is excited to continue to be a champion of diversity in publishing with her team at Inkluded!
Mackenzie Brady Watson
Mackenzie has been an agent with the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency since 2016. Prior to that she was an agent with New Leaf Literary + Media and Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. Her clients have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, and have been winners of the NAACP Image Award and the Black Caucus of The ALA Award and finalists for the Lambda Literary Award and ALA Carnegie Medal. As a former research scientist, she has a great passion for science books, as well as sociology, investigative journalism, food writing, memoir, business, and contemporary YA fiction. She particularly appreciates work that sheds light on marginalized experiences and helps contribute to the cultural conversation.
Mary Gaule is the assistant to the Publishers and SVPs of Harper and Harper Perennial at HarperCollins. Prior to working at Harper, she was a junior agent at Mary Evans Inc, her first job in NYC after cutting her teeth interning at the San Diego office of Writers House. She is particularly passionate about narrative non-fiction, memoir, and literary fiction from voices that are too often ignored or silenced. A California native, Mary attended the University of San Diego where she majored in English.
Julia Kardon was born and raised in New York City. Her first job in publishing, while still in high school, was shelving fiction at the fabled Strand Bookstore. After receiving degrees in Comparative Literature, as well as in Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Chicago, she moved to Prague to teach English for a year. Julia then returned to New York to restart her career in publishing. After interning at The Wylie Agency and then working at Sterling Lord Literistic, she joined Mary Evans Inc. to handle foreign rights and build her own client list. In January 2017 she was promoted to Vice President of Mary Evans Inc. She represents a wide array of talented writers and is interested primarily in literary and upmarket fiction, narrative nonfiction, journalism, and history, especially that addresses cultural, racial, gender differences.
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