Kiele Raymond

Kiele Raymond is a Senior Agent at Thompson Literary Agency. She began her publishing career at Simon & Schuster in 2009, contributing to multiple New York Times bestsellers at both Touchstone and Gallery Books. Five years later, she left New York to freelance and travel across Europe before settling happily back in Brooklyn. Kiele received her B.A. in Anthropology and English Literature from Johns Hopkins University and her M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. She joined TLA in 2017 to seek out bold new voices in literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. Her clients include Peace Medie, Ari Braverman, Nichole Perkins, Tana Wojczuk, and Lee Matalone, among others. Kiele grew up on the New Hampshire seacoast.

What I'm Looking For

I'm currently seeking literary fiction and narrative nonfiction with a focus on the humanities

Sample Titles or Authors

Rumpus columnist Lee Matalone's Home Making, about a young woman who must fill an empty house room by room when her husband leaves, her French-Japanese mother as she contends with the legacy of her adoptive family, and the best friend grappling with his sexuality after being uprooted from his hometown in back country Louisiana, forthcoming from Harper Perennial.

Ari Braverman's The Ballad of Big Feeling, in which a woman's life unfolds through a series of intimate vignettes as she contends with both the real and imagined interplay between her body and mind, forthcoming from Melville House.

Columbia MFA graduate and lecturer at NYU Tana Wojczuk's Charlotte Cushman: A Very Dangerous Young Man, a literary biography about the queer, mid-19th century Shakespearean actress who rose to fame for her gender-bending performances as Hamlet and Romeo and what her life can tell us about Shakespeare's role in the birth of American culture, forthcoming from Avid Reader Press.

Specializes In

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: History, Narrative

Considers

FICTION: Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Science, Sports, Women's Concerns