AKIN AKINWUMI—Founder & Literary Agent

Akin established Willenfield Literary Agency specifically to cater to the unique representation needs of contemporary writers producing innovative, cutting-edge literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, graphic narrative, and poetry. He is highly plugged into developments in the literary sphere—he makes regular trips to New York, London, and Toronto, and attends important book fairs and industry conventions. Passionate about nuanced expression in the written form, Akin has a background in academia, teaching, strategic communications, editing, and publishing. He holds a Master’s and PhD in human geography and has lived and worked across three continents.

He is particularly drawn to debut voices, poets crossing over to literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, and artists, critics, theorists, and philosophers crossing over into narrative nonfiction and essay writing. He welcomes strong, compelling projects with something important to say about contemporary life and the human experience. He is editorially minded, systematic, and extremely hands-on, supporting client projects with a keen and strategic eye on outcomes.

In addition to all things literary, Akin is a fan of modern and contemporary art, independent and world cinema, and cutting-edge documentaries. You can reach him by email at and find him on Twitter @AEAkinwumi.

ALISON DAVIS—Administrative Assistant

Alison handles mail, processes submissions, and provides administrative support to Akin. Please note that she is not an agent and does not accept submissions.