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 honored with numerous awards and distinctions, such as a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” selection, an Andy Warhol Arts Writers Grant, a Barns & Noble Discover Award nomination, and a Center for Fiction First Novel Prize nomination. Their work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Washington Post, 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 Yorker, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, 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); Loudermilk by Lucy Ives; The Lost Books of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata (HarperCollins); The Exhibition of Persephone Q by Jessi Jezewska Stevens (Farrar, Straus and Giroux); Abundance by Jakob Guanzon (Graywolf); On Vanishing by Lynn Casteel Harper (Catapult); Via Negativa by Daniel Hornsby (Knopf); and The Standardization of Demoralization Procedures by Jennifer Hofmann (Little, Brown).