Before joining DeFiore in 2016, Reiko Davis was at Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency. She grew up in Kansas City, received her BA in Comparative Literature and Art History from Brown University, and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course.

Reiko is primarily seeking literary and upmarket novels and linked story collections. She loves family sagas, voice-driven coming-of-age stories, and works that grapple with identity and portray diverse lived experiences. She also represents select narrative nonfiction that explores social justice, issues of race and gender, and the history and experiences of women and people of color. On the children’s side, she’s actively looking for middle grade projects that aren’t afraid to tackle big questions or important emotional truths, and do so through remarkable storytelling, humor, and heart.

Right now she’s on the lookout for middle grade nonfiction projects in the areas of science, activism, and narrative history. She’d also love to connect with promising writers of short fiction who are at work on a debut story collection and/or novel.

She’s not looking for adult genre fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, romance) or adult nonfiction with a highly prescriptive bent.

 

Highlights:

Devi S. Laskar THE ATLAS OF REDS AND BLUES, CIRCA (Mariner Books, forthcoming)

Genevieve Plunkett PREPARE HER, IN THE LOBBY OF THE DREAM HOTEL (Catapult, forthcoming)

Shannon Sanders COMPANY (Graywolf, forthcoming)

Lucy Jane Bledsoe RUNNING WILD, A THIN BRIGHT LINE, THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE, LAVA FALLS, NO STOPPING US NOW (Three Rooms Press, forthcoming)

Lindsey Klingele THE MARKED GIRL, THE BROKEN WORLD, THE TRUTH LIES HERE

Andrea Debbink THE WILD WORLD HANDBOOK: How Adventurers, Artists, Scientists—and You—Can Protect Earth’s Habitats, THE WILD WORLD HANDBOOK: CREATURES: How Adventurers, Artists, Scientists—and You—Can Protect Earth’s Animals, SYLVIE AND THE WOLF (Sounds True, forthcoming)

Brittany Geragotelis STEALING GREENWICH (THE INFAMOUS FRANKIE LORDE Book 1), GOING WILD (THE INFAMOUS FRANKIE LORDE Book 2)

Alan Gelb HAVING THE LAST SAY: CAPTURING YOUR LEGACY IN ONE SMALL STORY, CONQUERING THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAY IN TEN STEPS, SEVEN STEPS TO CONFIDENT WRITING

Nancy A. Nichols WOMEN AND CARS (Pegasus, forthcoming)

 

How to Submit to Reiko Davis:

Please email her at reiko@defliterary.com with “Query” and the title of the project in the subject line as well as the following:

  • A brief description of your project
  • A brief, relevant bio
  • For fiction, please include the first chapter of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email.
  • No attachments, please.