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Presented By: University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program

Presentation and Q&A: The Author/Agent Relationship

Author Xochitl Gonzalez and Agent Mollie Glick, Creative Arts Agency

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Mollie Glick and Xochitz Gonzalez
This event is hybrid (both in person and live-streamed via Zoom) and is open to Helen Zell Writers' Program MFA students, Zell Fellows, and alumni, as well as U-M graduate and undergraduate students. It is not open to the general public. Please email Ashley Bates ( for login instructions.

Xochitl Gonzalez is a cultural critic, producer, screenwriter, and the New York Times bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming. Named a Best of 2022 by The New York Times, TIME, Kirkus, Washington Post, and NPR, Olga Dies Dreaming was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, an Indie Next Pick, an Amazon and Apple Featured Debut, and the winner of the Brooklyn Public Library Book Prize in Fiction. Gonzalez is a 2021 M.F.A. graduate from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and the recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship for Fiction. She was the winner of the 2019 Disquiet Literary Prize and her non-fiction work has been published in Elle Decor, Allure, Vogue, Real Simple, and The Cut. Her work as a staff writer for The Atlantic has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Mollie Glick graduated from Brown University and began her career as a literary scout, advising foreign publishers regarding the acquisition of rights to American books. She then worked in the editorial department at the Crown imprint of Random House, before becoming an agent in 2003. Glick joined CAA in 2016, following eight years at Foundry Literary + Media.

Glick represents many top authors and thought leaders, including President Joe Biden; Vice President Kamala Harris; Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Ken Armstrong, T. Christian Miller, and Kyle Hopkins; MacArthur Grant-recipient astrophysicist Sara Seager; National Book Award Finalists Ali Benjamin and Karla Cornejo Villavicencio; NYT Top 50 Memoirs of the Past 50 Years recipient Patricia Lockwood; #1 NYT bestselling authors Mark Manson; change-makers Michelle Alexander, Brittany Packnett, Janaya Future Khan, and Stephanie Land.; and NYT bestselling novelists Carol Rifka Brunt; Julie Clark, Jonathan Evison, Sarah McCoy, Xochitl Gonzalez, Nic Stone and Tomi Adeyemi.

Glick lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two young sons.

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