An Asian American woman in her 30s, with shoulder-length black hair.

Emi Ikkanda is an Independent Editor at Emi Ikkanda Editorial. She was previously Senior Editor at Seal Press, and previously worked at Spiegel & Grau / Penguin Random House, and at Henry Holt & Company / Macmillan. She acquires books on social issues, race, feminism, history, space, tech, science, and current and global affairs.

Emi has published bestselling and award-winning books in fiction and nonfiction. Recent standout titles include #1 NYTimes bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo’s Mediocre, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio’s National Book Award finalist Undocumented Americans, O Magazine Editorial Director Arianna Davis’s What Would Frida Do?, Minda Harts’s bestseller Right Within, and NASA astronaut Nicole Stott’s Back to Earth. She’s also edited NYTimes bestselling authors Richard Reeves, Julia Angwin, Kristen Green, and Karen Duffy; Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist Carla Power; Newark Chief Judge Victoria Pratt; former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao; Latina Rebels founder Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez; Harvard graduation speaker Donovan Livingston; and acclaimed novelists Sanae Lemoine and Michael David Lukas.

Emi advocates for greater diversity in the book industry by working within several organizations, including the Association of American Publishers, People of Color in Publishing, Representation Matters, and the Women’s Media Group. She also regularly speaks on diversity panels, most recently at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, the Brooklyn Book Festival, the Asian American Writers Workshop Writers’ Conference, and Grubstreet’s Muse and the Marketplace Writers’ Conference in Boston.


She acquires books on social issues, race, feminism, history, space, tech, science, and current and global affairs.


Undocumented Americans, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Reset, Ellen Pao
The Margo AffairSanae Lemoine

Specializes In

       FICTION: Family Saga, GLBT, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, GLBT, History, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Science, Self-Help, Technology, Travel, Women's Concerns


       FICTION: Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novels, Humor/Satire, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Food & Lifestyle, Health & Fitness, Humor, Medical, Music