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Stephen Barbara has been a literary agent since 2006, representing a mix of bestselling and award-winning authors of fiction and nonfiction, adult and children’s books. His clients include New York Times and international bestseller Lauren Oliver, Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz, National Book Award nominee Lisa Graff, Bram Stoker Award winner Paul Tremblay, designer and New York Times bestseller Aja Raden, #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Ricardo Cortés, as well as the companies Paper Lantern Lit and The Story Pirates, among others. Stephen graduated from the University of Chicago in 2002 with a BA in English language and literature, and prior to joining Inkwell, he was a critic and freelance sports writer, contracts director of the Maass Agency for three years, and an agent with Foundry Media for six. Many of his clients are published abroad, and he has been fortunate to have several works by his clients optioned or adapted for TV or feature film, including Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, which released in theaters in March of 2017 from Open Road Films. Stephen lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his family.