Marya Spence

People category

Marya Spence
Literary Agent

Raised in California’s Bay Area, Marya studied literature at Harvard, where she was Fiction Editor for the Advocate and specialized in creative writing. She went on to get her MFA at New York University and teach undergraduate creative writing there. She also spent these years in her 20’s working and interning at The New Yorker, PAPER Mag, Travel & Leisure, Vanity Fair, Publishers Weekly, METROPOLIS Magazine, and more—with a brief stint in equity research.

As someone who values craft from the writer’s perspective, Marya represents a diverse range in fiction and nonfiction, including, but not limited to, literary novels and collections, upmarket commercial fiction, cultural criticism and voice-driven essays, narrative journalism with a humorous or critical edge, and pop culture. She lives in Brooklyn.

Selected authors

  • Jess Arndt
  • Angelica Baker
  • Gabriella Burnham
  • Sophia Chang
  • Ryan Chapman
  • Becky Cooper
  • Yrsa Daley-Ward
  • Heidi Diehl
  • Meredith Graves
  • Hermione Hoby
  • Rachel Khong
  • Jaroslav Kalfař
  • Sanaë Lemoine
  • Eugene Lim
  • Lisa Locascio
  • Allie Rowbottom
  • Arabelle Sicardi
  • Sofija Stefanovic
  • Katy Waldman
  • Elaine Welteroth
  • Ashleigh Young