PJ Mark

People category

PJ Mark
Literary Agent

PJ Mark moved to NYC in 1990 and used his student loans to start a literary journal to publish his friends. He began his career as an international book scout in 1993, has worked as a journalist covering the book beat and has been a literary agent since 2002.

He is interested in literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. Recent 2021 titles and forthcoming 2022 titles include: The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.; Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia; The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton; Yes, Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage; Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer by Jamie Figueroa; Paris is a Party, Paris is a Ghost by David Hoon Kim; Everybody by Olivia Laing; Everything Now by Rosecrans Baldwin; On Freedom by Maggie Nelson; How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Long Division, by Kiese Laymon; Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul? by Jesse McCarthy; China Room by Sunjeev Sahota; The Swank Hotel by Lucy Corin; Now Beacon, Now Sea by Christopher Sorrentino; The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You by Maurice Carlos Ruffin; Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong; The Stars Are Not Yet Bells by Hannah Lillith Assadi; The Next Civil War by Stephen Marche; Go Back to Where You Came From by Wajahat Ali; In Sensorium by Tanaïs; Very Cold People by Sarah Manguso, The Year That Broke America by Andrew Rice; Neruda on the Park by Cleyvis Natera; The Unwritten Book by Samantha Hunt; The High Desert by James Spooner; Love in the Time of Contagion by Laura Kipnis; How You Get Famous by Nicole Pasulka; The Seaplane on Final Approach by Rebecca Rukeyser; An Immense World by Ed Yong; Voice of the Fish by Lars Horn; Girls They Write Songs About by Carlene Bauer; The Fifth Act by Elliot Ackerman; Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi Obaro; The Furrows by Namwali Serpell; Strangers to Ourselves by Rachel Aviv.

PJ’s authors regularly receive numerous awards and honors, including, on multiple occasions, the cover of the New York Times Book Review, the “5 Under 35” honor by the National Book Award Foundation, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Art Seidenbaum Award by the Los Angeles Times, the Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome, multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, a “20 Under 40” honor by The New Yorker, The Center for Fiction Prize, The Pulitzer Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, MacArthur "Genius" Grants, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Windham Campbell Prize and National Book Award finalist medals.

Selected authors

  • Elliot Ackerman
  • Wajahat Ali
  • Hannah Lillith Assadi
  • Ramona Ausubel
  • Rachel Aviv
  • Rosecrans Baldwin
  • Carlene Bauer
  • Molly Dektar
  • Harry Dodge
  • Jamie Figueroa
  • Gabriela Garcia
  • Jim Gavin
  • Manuel Gonzales
  • Gabe Habash
  • Joe Hagan
  • Sterling HolyWhiteMountain
  • Cathy Park Hong
  • Lars Horn
  • Samantha Hunt
  • Shelley Jackson
  • Chelsey Johnson
  • Robert Jones, Jr.
  • Jessica Francis Kane
  • Kate Kelly
  • Laura Kipnis
  • Wayne Koestenbaum
  • Olivia Laing
  • Andrea Lawlor
  • Kiese Laymon
  • Sarah Manguso
  • Alex Marzano-Lesnovitch
  • Jesse McCarthy
  • Dinaw Mengestu
  • Rachel Monroe
  • Eileen Myles
  • Stuart Nadler
  • Cleyvis Natera
  • Maggie Nelson
  • Idra Novey
  • Tomi Obaro
  • Derek Palacio
  • Ed Park
  • Jonathan Parks-Ramage
  • Nicole Pasulka
  • Robin Pogrebin
  • Charlie Porter
  • Ismet Prcic
  • Andrew Rice
  • Maurice Carlos Ruffin
  • Rebecca Rukeyser
  • James Scott
  • Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Namwali Serpell
  • Carter Sickels
  • Christopher Sorrentino
  • James Spooner
  • Rene Steinke
  • Tanaïs
  • Ted Thompson
  • Craig Thompson
  • Nafissa Thompson-Spires
  • Dawnie Walton
  • Josh Weil
  • De’Shawn Charles Winslow
  • Sunil Yapa