Chris Clemans

Literary Agent

A native of Western Massachusetts, Chris Clemans received his BA in English from Duke University, with a minor in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. After internships at The New Republic and The New York Observer, he began his career in publishing at William Morris Endeavor. In 2014, he left WME to help Bill Clegg start The Clegg Agency, where he began representing a growing list of authors. He joined Janklow & Nesbit in 2018.

His authors have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harper's, Granta, TIME, Tin House, Lapham's Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere, and their books have garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Economist, Vogue, NPR's Fresh Air, and other publications. His taste in fiction tends toward the literary, and on the nonfiction side he’s interested in narrative journalism, cultural criticism, and voice-driven memoir and essays.

Recent and upcoming titles by his authors include: Eat the Apple by Matt Young (Bloomsbury); The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis (Hogarth); Every Other Weekend by Zulema Renee Summerfield (Little, Brown); Come West and See by Maxim Loskutoff (W.W. Norton); The Devoted by Blair Hurley (W.W. Norton); Such Good Work by Johannes Lichtman (Simon & Schuster); Talent by Juliet Lapidos (Little, Brown); Looker by Laura Sims (Scribner); A Model Earth by Michael Zapata (HarperCollins); and The Exhibition of Persephone Q., by Jessi Stevens (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).