Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, after six years with the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, joined DeFiore and Company in early 2012. She represents literary and upmarket fiction and select creative nonfiction. She also works with a small group of illustrators, and the rare children’s book that speaks to all ages. She is especially seeking high-concept, genre-bending fiction that grapples with some aspect of our collective past or possible future, character- and idea-driven fiction steeped in a specificity of voice and place, intimate stories with global resonance, braided cultural criticism, poets exploring other forms, and international writers. Across her list, she seeks a ferocity of language, intellect, purpose, and heart.

Among Meredith’s award-recognized clients are Tola Rotimi Abraham, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Ryka Aoki, Melissa Broder, Jessamine Chan, Heather Christle, Liana Finck, Lisa Hanawalt, CJ Hauser, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, Jessica Love, Maryse Meijer, Sean Michaels, Rachel Lyon, Kate Milliken, Dantiel W. Moniz, Nadia Owusu, Kimberly King Parsons, Catherine Venable Moore, Megan Stielstra, Morgan Thomas, Brandon Taylor, Crissy Van Meter, Robin Wasserman, Toya Wolfe, Cecily Wong, and Leni Zumas.

Born in New York City and raised in suburban New Jersey, Meredith is stepmother to two now-grown daughters. She graduated from Yale University and is a member of The Association of American Literary Agents and PEN.

She is assisted by Dana Bryan:


How to Submit to Meredith Kaffel Simonoff:

Please query her at with the following:

  • A brief description of your book
  • A brief, relevant bio
  • First five pages in the body of your email