Janet Silver represents a roster of bestselling and award-winning authors of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Her list of acclaimed clients includes Cheryl Strayed, author of the international bestsellers Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things; Anthony Marra, author of the New York Times bestsellers A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, The Tsar of Love and Techno, and Mercury Pictures Presents; Monique Truong, winner of the Asian American Literary Award for her novel The Book of Salt; Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, winner of a Lambda Award for her debut novel Big Girl; Hanna Pylväinen, winner of a Whiting Award for her novel We Sinners; and Safiya Sinclair, award-winning author of the poetry collection Cannibal and the forthcoming How to Say Babylon: A Jamaican Memoir.
Janet brings in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and extensive editorial experience to her work as an agent. Before joining Aevitas, she was Publisher at the former Houghton Mifflin Company, where she worked with such renowned authors as Philip Roth, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tim O’Brien, and Jonathan Safran Foer.
At Aevitas, Janet represents authors whose fiction and nonfiction are notable for compelling storylines, singular voices, and unique perspectives. She has been a trustee of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and is on the advisory board of Ploughshares magazine. She was featured in the Poets and Writers article “Agents as Editors.”