Serene Hakim

Prior to joining Ayesha Pande Literary in 2015, Serene Hakim worked at Laura Gross Literary Agency in Boston.  Serene holds an M.A. in French to English translation from NYU and a B.A. in French and Women’s Studies from the University of Kansas. Born to Lebanese immigrants in the Midwest, she grew up straddling cultures and languages and still feels like a third culture kid. Serene loves to read a variety of genres but is particularly drawn to fiction with strong female voices, both YA and adult fiction and non-fiction with international themes, and LGBTQ and feminist issues. She is always on the lookout for great YA sci-fi and fantasy, realistic YA, and anything that gives voice to those whose voices are underrepresented and/or marginalized. She is especially interested in stories dealing with the Middle East and the variety of immigrant experiences out there. Specifically, she’s looking for writing that explores the different meanings of identity, home, family and parenthood/motherhood. When she's not reading, she can usually be found trying a new recipe while simultaneously balancing a toddler on her hip.

What I'm Looking For

I am primarily focusing on YA, both contemporary and sci-fi/fantasy but am also always looking for adult literary fiction. Regardless of genre, I'm drawn to manuscripts with a strong voice and sense of place that explore themes of identity and home.

Sample Titles or Authors

Mostly Dead Things, Kristen Arnett (2019)

Specializes In

FICTION: GLBT, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections, Young Adult

Considers

FICTION: Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Upmarket Women's Fiction