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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 The Drift, Excerpts Magazine, The Financial Times, 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.


Currently looking to fill out my fiction list. Always looking for stories about work, the funny, the creepy, the strange. Would love to find a great novel by a poet (a la Sasha Fletcher's BE HERE TO LOVE ME AT THE END OF THE WORLD); a picket line romcom; a story of a nepotism baby becoming a professor by accident


OLD ENOUGH by Haley Jakobson (Dutton 2023)
IDLEWILD by James Frankie Thomas (Abrams 2023)
BODIES IN WATER by Shelly Jay Shore (Ballantine 2024)

Specializes In

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Historical Fiction

NONFICTION: GLBT, Dating/Relationships, Current Affairs, Cultural/Social Issues, Memoir, Investigative Journalism, Humor, Narrative, Pop Culture, Technology


FICTION: Short Story Collections, Historical Fiction