Jennie Dunham

Jennie Dunham has been a literary agent in New York, New York for 8 years before she founded Dunham Literary, Inc. in 2000.
She represents literary fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Her clients have had both critical and commercial success. Books she has represented have appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers in adult hardcover fiction, children’s books, and children’s book series. Her clients have won numerous awards including: New York Times Best Illustrated Book, The Schneider Family Award, Boston Globe Horn Book Honor, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist.

She is a member of AAR (Association of Authors Representatives). She served on the Program Committee and was Program Committee Director for several years. She was also a member of the Electronic Committee.

She started her career at John Brockman Associates and then Mildred Marmur Associates. She was employed by Russell & Volkening for 6 years before she left to found Dunham Literary, Inc.

She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology and has a master’s degree in Social Work from New York University (although she only practices with characters on the page).

She frequently speaks at writers’ conferences and events.

“Both agents (Gina Maccoby and Jennie Dunham) were very knowledgeable and supplied a great deal of material to consider and absorb.”

“Jennie Dunham and Gina Maccoby provided a wealth of materials and information to us, as well as devoting time and energy to reading and evaluating our writing exercises.”

“Jennie Dunham and Gina Maccoby were fabulous! They were honest but compassionate (necessary when giving feedback on projects we’ve put so much time, energy, and passion into), and provided tons of incredibly helpful information in a fun, engaging way.”

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