AYLA ZURAW-FRIEDLAND

A white, femme cis woman with a brunette pixie cut wearing a blue and green polka dot shirt on a green/blue background.

Ayla Zuraw-Friedland joined the Frances Goldin Literary Agency in 2022. 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 in GAY the Magazine and Publishers Weekly. She is interested in literary fiction and nonfiction that inspects queer experiences and narratives, and would love to see pitches from BIPOC and disabled writers from a diversity of backgrounds. Her current clients include Jamie Hood (How to Be a Good Girl, Grieveland 2020), Haley Jakobsen, Ross Showalter, Aimee Keeble, Margaret Lee, Sarah Hartshorne, and others.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Literary fiction that inspects identity in fresh ways with gorgeous prose, memoirs incorporating literary and cultural critique, fiction or nonfiction by and about LGBTQ+ people and communities.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Forthcoming:
-A book of short stories about deafness and ableism as a monster
-A memoir about a Korean-American journalist's mission to find out what happened to her grandfather, a communist agitator during the Japanese occupation, in order to understand her family and herself
-A novel about a young bisexual woman finding her queer community and leaving behind a toxic friendship after a childhood trauma

Specializes In

FICTION: GLBT, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, GLBT, Memoir, Narrative, Pop Culture, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Dating/Relationships, History, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Multi-Cultural, Technology