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2024 Bombeck Workshop Agent Maria Whelan

Maria Whelan

Maria Whelan graduated from University College Dublin with a bachelor’s degree in English and drama, then obtained her master’s degree in modern literature from the University of Edinburgh.

Before joining the literary agency InkWell Management, she was a foreign rights assistant at Janklow & Nesbit and interned at Akashic Books.

Whelan enjoys literary and commercial fiction, as well as speculative fiction and magical realism. She is particularly fond of novels that straddle the cultural divide. She is looking for books in the fiction and nonfiction space that speak to the current cultural moment or examine overlooked facets of society. Her authors include Katrina Kittle, Audrey Burges, Luke Dumas and Vanessa Cuti, to name a few.