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Lucy Cleland is a Principal Literary Agent with Calligraph, representing idea-driven and narrative nonfiction of all stripes, upmarket fiction, and select children’s projects. Her clients have been Pulitzer finalists, winners of the NBCC Award and PEN America Awards, recipients of MacArthur “Genius” grants, and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; their books have been featured in the New Yorker’s Briefly Noted, New York Time’s Editors’ Choice, and best books of the year lists, as well as ranked as USA Today Bestsellers and selected for Book of the Month Club.

A southern transplant to Boston from Atlanta, Lucy graduated from Wellesley College and cut her teeth as an agent working closely with Jill Kneerim at Kneerim & Williams. She lives with her wife and a lot of books in Jamaica Plain.


In nonfiction, she gravitates towards cultural criticism, social science, and psychology that offers powerful clarity, history that informs how we see the world today, literary nonfiction that plunges readers into a unique subject or experience, essays with an intellectual core, and ‘big idea’ books that carve out new territory in contemporary conversations, particularly around feminism, law, race, philosophy, and technology. In fiction, she’s drawn to novels anchored by craft and animated by potent commercial concepts (speculative and magical realism welcome!), as well as historical fiction that immerses readers in non-Western settings.

“Her list is bold and eclectic, united by an overarching interest in how culture shapes us (and how we shape it).”


Please send a query letter to with a brief synopsis of your work and a short bio, along with 25 pages of sample material in the body of the email (no attachments will be opened). Include the name of the agent you are querying in the subject line of the email, along with the title of your project and its genre. 

Address your query to the agent you believe is the best fit for your work (consult our profiles on the website for information about each agent). Please do not query the agent directly. All submissions must be sent to the email address above to be considered.

Due to the volume of queries we receive, we regret that we cannot respond to each one. If we are interested in reading more, we will be in touch with you. We do not represent screenplays. We do not accept queries by postal mail or by phone.


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