Triangle House Literary, the up-and-coming review-turned-boutique agency founded by Monika Woods in 2019, is expanding, and today announced incoming hires Kima Jones and Renée Jarvis. Says Woods, of the agency’s larger project: “[Even before the agency] we’d been building a community centered on a life of books and reading. Triangle House Literary was always meant to be a place of collaboration.”
Jones, who is the founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts and, more recently, Culture, Too, which is described as “a mentorship conference for black and brown cultural critics,” is ready to embrace her new role, one she feels more than prepared to take on. As she wrote in an email to Lit Hub:
I’ve spent a lot of time reading and developing manuscripts, negotiating writers out of predatory contracts, making introductions to publishers, and coaching writers through their book sales and negotiations. I’ve had a silent hand in bringing many, many books to market. Agenting has been my unofficial work of the last decade so I’m thrilled to make it official with Triangle House Literary.
Jarvis, who has worked previously at MacKenzie Wolf Literary and taught at the non-profit organization Legal Outreach, brings both a business-side and literary sensibility to Triangle House. Says Woods: “Renée has an incredibly deep background in the foundations of agenting, and she’s going to make us stronger as a business as her influence at the agency, and her list, grows.”
With the hiring of Jones and Jarvis, Triangle House Literary—whose roster already includes wonderful writers like Elissa Washuta, Khadijah Queen, Chelsea Hodson, Rion Amilcar Scott, Jim DeRogatis, Elisa Gabbert, and many more—establishes itself as a boutique powerhouse punching way above its weight.
I asked Jones and Jarvis what kind of work they’re interested in seeing, and what kinds of writers they’d like to bring to Triangle House:
Kima Jones: “My favorite books are those that stay with me after I’m finished reading them, that kind of pop up in my mind throughout the course of the day. I am most interested in books that I cannot stop thinking about. I am representing literary fiction, essay collections, memoir, hybrid texts, commercial fiction, poetry, YA, speculative fiction, science fiction, and horror.”
Renée Jarvis: “I’m seeking narrative nonfiction, adult upmarket, speculative, and literary fiction, and children’s books. I’m looking for works that center POC and LGBTQIA+ voices and am particularly drawn to the work of Black writers across the African diaspora.